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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HOW LONG SHOULD MY DIVORCE LAST?

This question depends on a multitude of factors, mostly yourself. In Georgia, a defendant in a divorce action has thirty days to answer the complaint for divorce and then the parties have six month to complete all of the discovery necessary to prepare for the action, and this period can be extended. So you see just using the rules of procedure a party can prolong a divorce action. Luckily most divorces ...

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WHY IS MY ATTORNEY INVOICE SO HIGH

In my prior entry I gave an overview of the requirements for filing a divorce in Georgia and some of the process, but it is in the process or litigation in which you will become the most frustrated. While your attorney prepares for a hearing there is a period of what is called discovery. This simply means that according to the rules of procedure each attorney has the right to seek documentation, written responses to questions and ...

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Divorce 101

The first thing to know about divorce in Georgia is that if you want one you are getting one and if you are served with one you are getting one. What this means is that Georgia is a no fault state, which means that you do not have to prove why you are getting divorced and the court does not decide if you are getting a divorce. The courts role in a no fault divorce is to ...

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