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.

How to Avoid Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Nov 29, 2022 | 0 Comments

Who better to give advice on divorce than a divorce lawyer?  We see and hear it all.  Every day we hear about broken marriages.  We know how marriages fail and we see the scores of couples go down the same path every year. So what advice do we have for preserving your marriage?  Here are ten t...

Should You Hire a Lawyer for Your Uncontested Divorce or DIY?

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Nov 25, 2022 | 0 Comments

The internet is great for a lot of things but DIY divorce is asking for trouble.  There is simply no excuse for not hiring a lawyer when getting a divorce.  Don't fall for the $99 divorce paperwork you find online.  Blank forms are not a substitute for legal advice and, even though you can find a lot of information on Google, you should not be making major life decision based upon what you read online.  Hire an experienced, knowledgeable divorce lawyer with a reputation you can trust and steer clear of the online DIY divorce forms.

Is Your Divorce Really Uncontested?

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Nov 24, 2022 | 0 Comments

What you think is an uncontested divorce may not be an uncontested divorce in Georgia. If you disagree as to any issue, hope to resolve issues in mediation or simply don't have much money to spend on lawyers, that doesn't make your divorce uncontested. You must in in agreement on everything from the outset of your case in order for your divorce to be uncontested.

Amicable Divorce in Georgia

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Sep 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

Tying the knot is easy.  Undoing it is hard.  We cut through the paperwork, minimize the conflict and try to make it easy. Don't let anyone tell you that you have to get down and dirty.  It only helps lawyers when you take that route.  You need complete financial disclosure.  You need a fair ...

Stepparent Adoption in Georgia

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Sep 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

Stepparents who take the place of an absent or deceased parent often want to "make it official" and adopt the stepchild. The first step on the road to stepparent adoption in Georgia begins with getting written consent from the other birth parent.  the birth parent will need to terminate his/he...

Alimony and Adultery

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Sep 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

Adultery, alimony and absolution may sound like salacious topics for discussion but the reality is somewhat less than compelling in the post-Girls Gone Wild era. Today, adultery almost seems like a prudish and antiquated remnant leftover from Victorian England. In 2014, the significance of ad...

Hurry Up and Sign

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Aug 17, 2022 | 0 Comments

Many people think about divorce for years before finally calling it quits.  And it is natural to want to "get it over with" as quickly as possible. Divorce is an emotionally painful, unpleasant process.  It's sad to think of an end to a relationship that you hoped would last forever.  

Dependency Cases in Georgia

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Aug 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

Dependency cases in Georgia, formerly referred to as deprivation cases, are intended to children from abuse and neglect. Private dependency cases can be initiated by a relative, caregiver or other concerned person who files Petition with the Juvenile Court alleging that a child is being neglected, abus...

Temporary Protective Orders

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Aug 10, 2022 | 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.

Grandparent Adoption in Georgia

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Aug 09, 2022 | 0 Comments

Grandparents often play a vital role in the raising a child.  And in some cases, the grandparent takes over in place of a mother or father and ends up raising a grandchild. Grandparents typically step in when parents are unable or unwilling to care for the child because of death or disability.  ...

When Your Love Runs Out of Gas...

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Aug 05, 2022 | 0 Comments

Ever wonder where to start when your love runs out of gas? Counseling? Divorce? Private Investigator? Keystroke logger? GPS Tracking device?  Make nice or turn into a raging lunatic?   Mistakes leading up to or during a divorce are often worse than doing nothing at all.  Don't overreact.  Some marriages survive the most unimaginable horrors.  Others disintegrate over the slightest misdeeds.

Domestic Violence and Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Aug 02, 2022 | 0 Comments

Domestic Violence is all too real and often takes place behind closed doors when no one is looking. Protect yourself and your family by filing an Ex Parte TPO in Superior Court that will be served on the perpetrator within 24-hours of obtaining the TPO. The Court will then schedule a hearing when each party will appear and have an opportunity to present evidence.

Drugs and Child Custody Don't Mix

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Jul 15, 2022 | 0 Comments

 Courts take a dim view of drug usage these days.  Though legal, alcohol should not be consumed if you are in a custody battle. And while there are several states that have already legalized marijuana, it's still illegal in Georgia and will only hurt your chances of getting child custody. And the more serious drugs, such as cocaine and meth, are even more of an issue to Judges in Georgia. If you use cocaine, meth or heroin, you will likely have to have to supervised visitation, if any. Children deserve to be raised by competent, alert and attentive parents. Using mood altering substances reflects poorly on your decision making and commitment to raising healthy and balanced children. Do yourself and your children a favor and steer clear of anything that isn't 100% clean and natural during a custody case. Even CBD oil and some prescription drugs (such as pain medications and diet pills), should be avoided during a custody case unless absolutely necessary. If you can function without them, and your doctor approves, stop taking them while you are in a custody case.

Pretrial Hearings with Judges

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Jul 12, 2022 | 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.

Alcohol and Divorce in Georgia

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Jul 07, 2022 | 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.

The Problem With Little White Lies

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Jun 30, 2022 | 0 Comments

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.

Commissions, Bonuses and Overtime - Oh No!!

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | Jun 22, 2022 | 0 Comments

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.

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