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What to Expect from Mediation

If you are dealing with a family law matter, such as divorce, you may feel overwhelmed by the thought of court appearances and all the legal aspects of your case. But did you know there is a path you can take that requires fewer courtroom visits? Mediation is a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) […]

3 Facts About the Equitable Caregiver Act in Georgia

It is common in child custody cases for individuals unrelated to a child, like stepparents or step-grandparents, to serve as that child’s primary caregiver. Until recently, these individuals could not obtain legal custody of the child. However, that has recently changed with the passing of Georgia’s Equitable Caregiver Act. In 2019, Georgia legislatures enacted the […]

How a Divorce Attorney Guides You Through an Uncontested Divorce

Divorces are often considered messy, difficult, draining, and filled with conflict. While it is common for spouses to disagree throughout the divorce process and require a contested divorce, many couples remain in agreement with one another throughout the divorce process, allowing for an uncontested divorce. If you are seeking a divorce but agree with your […]

Green Flags that Point to the Best Divorce Attorney in Atlanta

If you are beginning the divorce process in Atlanta, Georgia, exploring your options for legal representation is essential. Not every divorce attorney or firm is suitable for every client. While someone may have extensive experience in cases involving child custody, another may offer more comprehensive knowledge regarding property division. As you narrow your search for […]

What Are the Grounds for Divorce in Georgia?

If you are seeking to end your marriage, you may wonder what reasons you can provide the court to pursue divorce. Georgia is a no-fault divorce state, meaning couples do not have to have specific grounds for divorce. “Irreconcilable differences” is an acceptable reason. However, if there are specific grounds for divorce that you can […]

How to Determine Child Support in Georgia

People often believe the court orders them to pay too much child support. However, the court doesn’t determine child support – Georgia’s statute O.C.G.A §19-6-15 determines how much you pay. Child support is based on a calculation of the parents’ combined income, the number of children you have, and the child’s needs, including health insurance, […]

How Are Assets Divided in a Divorce?

Georgia is an equitable distribution state, meaning in a divorce, marital assets and debts are divided based on what is fair, not necessarily equal. Divorce is a big change in your life – the longer you are married, the bigger the change is for both parties, even if both want to divorce. When divorcing, you […]

Do I Need a Lawyer for a Divorce If We Both Agree on Everything?

Once you decide to take the steps to divorce, you and your spouse need to determine if you can do it uncontested. If you and your spouse agree on everything, you can file for an uncontested divorce. It’s much quicker than getting into a legal fight and it is often less expensive. You still have […]

Does Adultery Matter in a Divorce?

When one spouse commits adultery, it can certainly be a factor in the decision to end the marriage. It can also make the divorce process that follows adversarial and contentious. While there is little doubt that adultery can impact the decision to divorce, does adultery directly affect the legal process of divorce? At the Platt […]

Is it Possible for a Single Parent To Adopt a Child?

Approximately 117,000 children are awaiting adoption in the United States alone. Some of these children are in long-term foster care, while others are in group homes. Maybe you have decided to adopt or are just curious about the process. If so, you may be wondering if a single parent can adopt a child. Adoption is […]