This blog is for informational purposes only and is not intended as legal advice. Much of what happens at trial is case specific and no two cases are identical. The following posts address how courts typically address such common situations. If you are seeking advice for an ongoing or future case, please feel free to contact us to discuss how the law may apply to the facts in your particular case.
Lawyers aren't cheap. But you don't need to spend a fortune for good representation. You can minimize your legal fees if you do the following: 1. Set Clear and Realistic Goals. If you've travel 3 weeks out of each month and have never been the primary caregiver of the children, your chances...
Mediations are an ideal way to settle divorce, custody and other family law cases. Mediations are required in Georgia before a final hearing or trial. Some judges even require mediation before a temporary hearing can be scheduled. If you have a lawyer, your lawyer will help select the best med...
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.
Lawyers, clients and judges can, and sometimes do, intentionally delay cases. The Lawyer, the Client or the Judge? If you have a diligent lawyer but the case seems to be taking longer than necessary, investigate the facts before drawing any conclusions. Is the lawyer delaying the case or are you or the other party causing the delay? If the judge is the source of delay, you'll need to be patient and understand that the delay is beyond your lawyer's control and you will eventually get your day in court.
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.
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. Remember that courtrooms are still hallowed grounds. Understand that how you present yourself in person, from your dress to what you say and do, will be scrutinized and dissected by the Judge. Don't overstate your case or exaggerate to make yourself look better. The more genuine, sincere and humble you are and the more respect your show, the better off you will be in court.
Who Needs to Complete a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit? If you are a party to a family law case, such as divorce, custody, child support, alimony or modification case, you will need to complete a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (sometimes referred to as a “DRFA”). What is a Domes...
If you are hoping to be able to tell the Judge your life story, you are in for a surprise. Judges often will not allow more than four hours for a Temporary Hearing in a divorce or custody case. That's four hours total, from beginning to end, not four hours per party. The case that is presente...
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.
Lawyers know to look out for the usual tricks that people play in Georgia divorces. For example, your spouse to try to convince you that he or she has your best interests at heart when negotiating a settlement agreement or that the two of you can use just one attorney. Beware of these and other tricks.
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 If you are involved in a custody dispute and are continuing to use recreational drugs, you run the risk of losing custody based on your drug use and should immediately stop doing drugs and get help for any addictions. If your spouse is doing drugs and you are not, understand that it is only one factor in many that will have a bearing on the outcome of your custody case.
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.
Hearings and trials in divorce, custody, modification and other family law cases are filed with uncertainty. Outcomes are uncertain even when you have a great case. Rarely do you get everything you ask for in a trial. Don't expect perfect justice. We have an imperfect justice system.
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.
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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.
Commissions, Bonuses and Overtime, even though intermittent, are included in income when calculating child support and alimony. Unless your income actually decreases for a sustained period of time and you can show that it wasn't through any fault of your own, your child support and alimony will be based upon your wages, including your commissions, bonuses and overtime pay.
Avoid the temptation to tell little white lies in court unless you want to come across as a liar. Judges have been there and seen it all. Judges know when someone is exaggerating the facts, distorting the truth, spinning a story to sell their case. Be honest and you will gain credibility with a Judge and get a better outcome in court.