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How to Prepare For a Divorce Hearing

Posted by Diane Cherry | Mar 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Headed to hearing or trial and wondering what to expect? Don't walk into a trial or hearing without preparing ahead of time. These tips for trial preparation will help you walk out of your trial or hearing a winner!

Should You Rush to File?

Posted by Diane Cherry | May 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

Many people have been led to believe there is an advantage to filing a divorce complaint first. That's not the case. The difference in being the party who files for divorce and being the party is who is served with divorce papers is negligible and one thing you needn't worry about.

Child Custody Tips

Posted by Diane Cherry | May 09, 2015 | 0 Comments

Custody is one of the first issues to arise in divorce cases but is often misunderstood. If you are involved in a child custody case, here are five things you need to know.

Drug Issues in Custody Cases

Posted by Diane Cherry | May 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Drug use is rampant in the United States and Georgia is no exception.  Many people end up getting divorced over one partner's drug use. Normally, drug users marry other drug users.  If you are complaining about drugs being used by the other parent, chances are that you are also using drugs or hav...

Spying on Your Spouse in Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry | May 06, 2015 | 0 Comments

Don't risk a criminal charge in an effort to out maneuver your spouse. Play fair and above board. Focus on getting through your divorce quickly without violating any laws or your souse's privacy and you will sleep better at night.

Starting a Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

Thinking about a divorce but not sure where to begin?  Here is what you need to know about taking those first steps. Make sure you are ready for divorce before you make the first phone call. And be prepared to work closely with your lawyer to help insure you get the best possible outcome in your case.

How to Testify in Court

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

A lot of work goes into preparing a case for a hearing or trial. Your testimony can make or break your case. Follow these tips to make sure you come across as believable, trustworthy and convincing.

Easy Ways to Help Your Case

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you want to give yourself the best shot at trial, focus on the things in your control that you can do to make your case stronger without spending a dime.  Here are six easy ways to improve your case. You can build a strong foundation in your case even if you don't have to have a lot of money by following these tips.

Putting Kids in the Middle

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Want to know how to get a Judge mad? Put your kids in the middle and you'll find out fast.  Here are ten pointers for staying out of trouble and avoid putting children in the middle.

Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

Not sure if you even need a lawyer? Many people believe that they do not need to hire a lawyer if they are getting an uncontested divorce. That's simply not true. You need to protect yourself and be fully informed of your rights whether your divorce is contested or uncontested.

Social Media in Georgia Divorces

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Don't be surprised to find your social media history on display in court. Assume everything you say and do will find its way into court and behave accordingly. You can't change the past but you can make sure that everything you do in the future is helpful in your Georgia divorce or custody case.

Courtroom Do's & Dont's

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

Its 2015 and we live in a casual society. Many people wear shorts or jeans to church, work from home and rarely put on a jacket and tie. Does that mean you can dress down for court? Only if you are seeking to offend the Judge, which in general is not a good idea. If you have a court case in Geor...

Parental Alienation

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 07, 2015 | 0 Comments

Parental alienation is a dangerous form of manipulation and can permanently destroy parental bonds and leave lasting scars. If you love your children, you will not alienate them from your ex. Be kind to your children by letting them be children. Give your children the freedom to enjoy their childhood free of the chaos of your divorce and they will be healthier and happier children.

Should You Move Out or Stay?

Posted by Diane Cherry | Apr 01, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you are in the middle of a divorce in Georiga, should you move out or stay in the marital home? Many people assume they need to stay in the marital home to protect their property interst in the home and furnishings.  Not so in Georgia.  You don't need to stay in the marital home.  You can mov...

Private School Tuition after Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry | Mar 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Georgia laws on the payment of private school tuition costs after divorce are often in the hands of the judge. Make sure you understand how judges look at private school and clearly specify how private school costs will be paid in any Settlement Agreement and Final Order.

Georgia Parenting Plans

Posted by Diane Cherry | Mar 22, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you and your spouse have children and are getting a divorce in Georgia, you will need to file a Parenting Plan and keep in these essentials to make it easy on both you and your children: Don't Separate Tie-Breaking Authority; Birthdays are for the Children; Be Careful with a Right of First Refusal; and Avoid Daily Phone Calls.

Affordable Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry | Mar 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

if you want an affordable divorce attorney in Georgia, do what you can to reduce unnecessary fees and expenses in your case. You not only need to hire the right lawyer from the start but you need to be efficient and mindful of how you can keep a lid on fees.

Temporary Protective Orders

Posted by Diane Cherry | Mar 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

In Georgia, there are two types of Temporary Protective Orders, also referred to as Restraining Orders and TPOs in Georgia. A Family VIolence Protective Order protects individuals from family violence. A stalking protective order protects you from non family surveillance, harassment or intimidation. TPOs have serious implications and you should seek legal counsel immediately if a TPO has been issued against you or if you seeking a TPO against another person.

Think Outside the Square

Posted by Diane Cherry | Mar 20, 2015 | 0 Comments

When looking for a Marietta, Georgia family law attorney, think outside the Square. Don't limit your choices to lawyers with an office in Marietta. Your best choice may be a lawyer outside the Square who practices family law regularly in Marietta rather than limiting yourself to lawyers who have offices in Marietta.

Divorce Lawyers for Men

Posted by Diane Cherry | Mar 18, 2015 | 0 Comments

The best Georgia lawyer for your divorce doesn't have to specialize in representing only men. The truth is, the best divorce lawyers are equally qualified and able to represent both men and women. Top divorce lawyers in Georgia typically acquire their skills by representing a broad range of clients of both sexes.

Uncontested Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry | Mar 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Uncontested divorce lawyers are a dime a dozen in Georgia. They are everywhere. $299, $399, $499 divorces are advertised everywhere. How can that be a bad thing?? To protect yourself and your children, don't look for the cheapest lawyer; look for the best. Hire the best Georgia divorce attorney you can afford and you will be glad you did.

Avoiding Mediation Mistakes

Posted by Diane Cherry | Jun 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

In Georgia, every case has to be mediated before trial.  Don’t try to cut corners or rush to end mediation. Make sure you have a well-written, comprehensive settlement agreement addressing all issues in your case. If you reach agreement at mediation, you want to walk out the door with a binding and enforceable settlement agreement.

Lessons from the Battlefield

Posted by Diane Cherry | Jun 12, 2014 | 2 Comments

Last year (2014) marked the 150th anniversary of the Civil War (aka “the Sesquicentennial”). So what lessons from the Civil War that you can keep in mind when getting a divorce in Georgia?     Our nation allowed a few issues to simmer and smolder long enough to result in some rather serious irreconcilable differences.

Don't Drink the Kool-Aide!

Posted by Diane Cherry | Jun 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Don't fool yourself into thinking you are perfect and your spouse is wrong about everything. Being honest, forthright and self-critical will do you more good than pretending you are perfect.

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