CAN THE CHILDREN CHOOSE WHERE THEY WANT TO LIVE IN GEORGIA?

The short answer is yes if they are 14 years old; however, the issue is a bit more complex than this.  In Georgia a child at 14 once was able to make a final determination regarding a custody decision.  Today a child at 14 can still make this determination, but the court will still look at the best interest of the child. Usually this is not an issue unless the parent the child chooses to live with ...

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THE BILLABLE HOUR GAME

One of the most disturbing things I hear is that they have paid someone thousands and thousands of dollars, depleted their retirement funds and they are still seeking resolution to their problem.   I am sickened by the incentives inherent in this profession that reward non-resolution of problems at the financial expense of the client.

Often people come to my office, good hard working people, and they have not more money to fight their litigated matter.  They have depleted ...

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REDFLAGS WHEN HIRING ATTORNEYS

hiring attorneys MariettaMany times I meet potential clients and find myself extremely disappointed in some of the things they tell me in their efforts when hiring attorneys. As the profession becomes ever more crowded and the competition ever more fierce for clients able to afford representation it has become increasingly common to hear of two practices when interviewing potential clients, ...

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THE HOLIDAYS AND DIVORCE

The holidays are one of the most difficult times for parents who went through a divorce. Not only are there changes in the schedule and times in which you can spend with your children but often the custodial parent begins to deny access to the children. The court ordered that you have certain times yet it is incredibly difficult to pack your children’s bags and wake up on Christmas without them there. Because of this many parents ...

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ADOPTION IN GEORGIA

In Georgia an adoption can occur in one of two ways, the parents may voluntarily seek to have their child adopted or they may have their parental rights terminated. Georgia allows for a consensual adoption of third parties that usually involves a stepparent or relative. If this is the case the parents will enter into a surrender of parental rights which will be included with the adoptive parent’s petition for adoption and the matter will be set ...

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FAMILY VIOLENCE AND STALKING PROTECTIVE ORDERS

If you are the victim of harassment or abuse by an individual the State of Georgia provides for protective orders.  There are two types of protective orders, a family violence protective order and a stalking protective order. Many times during the stress and emotions of a divorce one or both parties will turn to the court for relief for protection because of violence or intimidating behavior. The domestic family protective order is a very powerful tool for ...

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VISITATION AND CHILD CUSTODY

Child CustodyDealing with child custody and visitation issues during a divorce or modification are always some of the most emotional issues involved in the divorce or modification process.  In Georgia there are both legal and physical custody.  It is rare for the court not to award joint legal custody.  This simply means that the parents agree to confer and discuss ...

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DIVORCE

Marietta Legal ExpertWhen a marriage is ending it can be one of the most difficult and trying times in an individual’s life.  A person is asked to face a major life change and at the same time expected to focus on all of their future interests and the interests of their children.  This is why you need counsel when going ...

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MORE ATTORNEY FEES DOES NOT MEAN MORE ATTORNEY

Just because you pay an exorbitant amount for your attorney fees, this does not mean that you have a better attorney, it simply means you have a more expensive attorney and one that has marketed themselves into a community that assumes the more I pay for something the better it is. Many times I go to court and listen to attorneys argue for attorney fees in amounts in excess of thirty thousand dollars or more.

Attorney Fees

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