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Family Law

Divorce

Contested and Uncontested Divorces

All parties entering into a divorce have the same ultimate goal: to get what they “deserve” from their marriage. They want a resolution that enables them to provide for themselves and their family in a safe and stable environment. When children are involved, their best interest is what should be paramount.

I will guide you through this often complicated legal process using negotiation, mediation and/or collaborative law to reach an amicable and lasting resolution. I have seen some of the ugliest divorces end amicably. If, on the other hand, it is not possible to reach agreement out of court, I am prepared to go to trial and present your case; the judge will determine the final outcome.

Alimony

A sum of money is paid by one spouse to help support the other as a result of a divorce or separation. Many factors are considered when determining whether alimony is paid, and the amount paid. Alimony can be paid on a monthly basis, in a lump sum, and/or by having one spouse pay certain expenses for the other spouse. The person receiving alimony is responsible for paying taxes on it since it is treated by the Internal Revenue as income. The spouse paying alimony can deduct it from his/her gross income. Alimony is subject to modification by either spouse.

Child Custody and Visitation

Custody matters are always very emotionally charged for my clients and their families. During a divorce action or post-divorce modification, the court makes decisions based on what is in the best interest of the children. Working with both juvenile and family matters for many years, I am highly experienced in this area and will strive to create a lasting agreement that is in the best interest of your children while trying to avoid long and costly litigation.

Child Support

Child support issues arise in many different types of family law actions, including divorce, modification of child custody or support, legitimation and paternity. Georgia law requires both parents to contribute to the support of their children. The amount each parent contributes is determined by his/her monthly earnings as well as the amount of money each parent pays toward other child related expenses. Other factors that may be considered when determining each parent’s support obligation are: the amount of time each parent cares for the children; a parent’s support obligation for other children from a different relationship; and travel costs to visit with the children. Child support is subject to modification by either parent based on a significant change in circumstances.