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.

Timing is Everything

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | Jan 03, 2020 | 0 Comments

Time is money when it comes to a divorce or custody case. The longer your case drags on, the more you will pay in attorney's fees. Stay on top of lawyer to make sure your case continues to move through the court system.

Justice For All

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | Jan 02, 2020 | 0 Comments

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.

Uncontested Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | Dec 29, 2019 | 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.

Private School Tuition after Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | Dec 28, 2019 | 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.

Lessons from the Battlefield

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | Dec 27, 2019 | 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.

Georgia Child Custody

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | Dec 27, 2019 | 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, Partner | Dec 24, 2019 | 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...

Pretrial Hearings with Judges

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | Dec 23, 2019 | 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.

Finding the Right Divorce Lawyer

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | Dec 22, 2019 | 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...

New Age Communications

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | 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.

Life After Divorce

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | 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, Partner | 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, Partner | 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, Partner | 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, Partner | 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, Partner | 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...

Georgia Financial Affidavits

Posted by Diane Cherry, Partner | 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, Partner | 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.

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