Marietta and Metro Atlanta Divorce and Family Law Blog

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.

Pretrial Hearings with Judges

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Apr 16, 2021 | 0 Comments

Anyone who sits through a hearing in family court is likely to hear one of the parties suggest a “pretrial” with the Judge.  Many attorneys love pretrials and jump at the opportunity for a pretrial, which means they are less likely to have to present their entire case at trial. You, as a client, may object to pretrials with the Judge.

Private School Tuition after Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Apr 12, 2021 | 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.

Alcohol and Divorce in Georgia

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Apr 10, 2021 | 0 Comments

Many people enjoy a glass or wine, couple of beers or mixed drink as a daily form of relaxation after a day of work.  While many people think of such drinking as innocent, such drinking can often become the centerpiece in a divorce.   Beware that even innocent social drinking can be exaggerated to appear as a significant drinking problem that causes issues in a divorce. Avoid all alcohol and do not go to bars or other venues where people are drinking during your divorce.

Lessons from the Battlefield

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Apr 10, 2021 | 2 Comments

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.

Georgia Child Custody

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Apr 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

If you are in a custody case, prepare for battle… Custody cases are no picnic.  They tend to bring out the worst in people and they are very difficult on children, who oftentimes feel like they are caught in the middle. Before you take the plunge, think about the following: 1. Conduct counts. ...

Dividing Debt in Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Apr 02, 2021 | 0 Comments

Debts Incurred During Marriage Are Considered Marital (Joint) Debt Worried that you will be stuck with all of the credit card or other debt in your name when you and your spouse divorce?  Don't lose any sleep on that account. Debts incurred during marriage have to be equitably divided regardl...

Should You Rush to File?

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 28, 2021 | 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.

Should You Move Out or Stay?

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 26, 2021 | 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...

Is Your Judge Biased?

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 22, 2021 | 0 Comments

How to Deal with a Biased Judge. For starters, let's assume all judges are biased.  Like everyone else, judges have a lifetime of experiences, beliefs, feelings and leanings. They can't help it.  They aren't blank canvases. For the most part, judges try to be fair and impartial but they are hum...

New Age Communications

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

In a divorce, you have to work hard to make sure all of your social media communications will help you, not hurt you in court. To avoid angering judges, always be courteous, mature, polite and diplomatic in your communications with your spouse.

Finding the Right Divorce Lawyer

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 20, 2021 | 0 Comments

Don't know how to choose a divorce lawyer?  You're not alone. Many people facing divorce don't know where to begin when choosing a lawyer.  They are overwhelmed with the prospect of a divorce and feel pressured to hire someone in a hurry. Oftentimes, they select a lawyer without realizing that...

Life After Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 14, 2021 | 0 Comments

Don't be Afraid to Reach out to Professionals for Advice. Many people are intimidated when starting over following a divorce. That's the time to reach out to professionals for their expert advice.

Georgia Parenting Plans

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 12, 2021 | 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.

Starting a Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 10, 2021 | 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.

Rolling the Dice

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 06, 2021 | 0 Comments

Divorce and custody trials are a form of legalized gambling. Trials involve tremendous cost and come with enormous risk. Work on preparing your case for mediation and you will be more likely to settle some or all of your divorce or custody case.

Divorce Lawyers for Men

Posted by Diane Cherry, Founder | Mar 04, 2021 | 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.

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