Atlanta, Marietta and Kennesaw 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.

New Age Communications

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 21, 2019 | 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.

Changing Divorce Lawyers

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you think are thinking of getting a new divorce lawyer to replace your current lawyer, you may be in for a tough road ahead. Find out when change is a good idea and when it isn't.

Spying on Your Spouse in Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 20, 2019 | 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.

Life After Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 20, 2019 | 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 | Dec 19, 2019 | 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 | Dec 18, 2019 | 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 | Dec 18, 2019 | 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.

Cut Your Legal Fees in Half

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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...

Divorce Mediation

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

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...

Putting Kids in the Middle

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 17, 2019 | 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.

Georgia Financial Affidavits

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

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...

Easy Ways to Help Your Case

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 16, 2019 | 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.

Don't Drink the Kool-Aide!

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 16, 2019 | 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.

Winning Divorce Strategies

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

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 Issues in Custody Cases

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 15, 2019 | 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...

Whatever Happened to Secret Squirrel?

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Secret Squirrel was a favorite cartoon character who fought the enemy using cunning and a variety of spy gadgets.   Divorce and custody battles often require overcoming a variety of tricks by litigants.  Spouses sometimes try to gain leverage by falsely accusing one another of excessive drinking ...

Parental Alienation

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 13, 2019 | 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.

Delay Tactics in Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Lawyers, clients and judges can, and sometimes do, intentionally delay cases. The Lawyer, the Client or the Judge? Some lawyers are known for moving cases along; others are known for dragging them out.  If you're not sure what kind of lawyer you have, check with the clerk of clerk where most of...

Do You Need a Divorce Lawyer?

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 12, 2019 | 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.

Courtroom Do's & Dont's

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

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...

Temporary Hearings

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

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...

Should You Rush to File?

Posted by Diane Cherry | Dec 11, 2019 | 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 | Dec 11, 2019 | 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 | Dec 11, 2019 | 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...

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