Divorce is the legal dissolution of marriage. In Georgia, a divorce can be contested or uncontested and can be “no fault” or based on problematic conduct of one or both spouses.
Physical custody is the schedule by which the parents share parenting time. Legal custody is how decisions regarding the children will be made and generally includes education, healthcare, extra-curricular activities and religious upbringing.
Child support is money paid by one parent to the other parent, but also includes health insurance and payment of expenses such as costs of child care, education and extra-curricular activities.
Alimony is support paid by one former spouse to the other and is based on numerous legal factors, the most important being the needs of the recipient and the payor’s financial ability to provide support.
Equitable Division of Property
Division of marital property is based on principles of fairness and equity, which do not necessarily require an equal division of assets. Division of property may require an investigation into the value of property and how and when it was acquired.
Modification is a change or revision of an order for alimony, child custody or child support and is generally based on a change in circumstances that has occurred since the most recent order.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
Prenuptial Agreements (prior to the marriage) and Postnuptial Agreements (during the marriage) are contracts by which a couple predetermines issues such as division of property or alimony should there be a later divorce.
Complex Family Law
Complex family law cases include those involving high asset divorce, separate property claims and/or substantial demands for alimony or child support.
Obligations in family law are created by court orders, which can be enforced by a judge using the court’s contempt powers. For example, a judge can order the person to do something specific in order to come back into compliance with the order.
Family Violence Restraining Orders
The Georgia Family Violence Act allows the victim of violence, the threat of violence or stalking, to obtain a Protective Order by appearing at the courthouse, signing an Affidavit and speaking with a judge. These Orders can typically be obtained within a few hours.
In child support and alimony cases, enforcement remedies may be available, such as garnishing a person’s salary or bank account or the judge ordering an employer to pay the recipient of support directly.
Paternity and Legitimation
Paternity and legitimation are legal proceedings to establish parental rights, such as parenting time or custody, and obligations, such as child support, between parents who were not married when the child was born.