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How familiar are you with the family court system? - II

In a previous post, our blog began discussing how common it is for people who hire a family law attorney to feel entirely lost, as the ebsuing language, paperwork and proceedings can seem both unfamiliar and incomprehensible.

In an attempt to rectify this situation, we began providing some basic information about the Family Division of the Superior Court of Fulton County, the forum in which the majority of family law matters in our corner of Georgia are addressed. We'll continue these efforts in today's post, talking a bit about the Family Division's use of status conferences.

How much do you know about adoption here in Georgia?

Ask anyone who has been through the adoption process about their experience and there is a very good chance that they will tell you that it was one of the most rewarding things they've ever done. At the same time, there's also a very good chance that they will tell you that it was one of the most challenging things they've ever done.

While the rewarding aspect of adoption obviously comes from either starting or adding to a family, what about it's challenging aspect? In other words, why are people so likely to view it as having been so demanding?  

Experts offer tips for realizing your post-divorce dreams - II

Last time, our blog discussed how perspectives can rapidly change in a post-divorce world, such that a person not only wants to see their practical objectives realized, but also their dreams for the future.

We also discussed, however, that while all this is laudable, the second point may nevertheless prove slightly harder to accomplish given that time and, more significantly, money may be in limited supply after a divorce.

Experts offer tips for realizing your post-divorce dreams

There are many objectives that will arise both during a divorce and in a person's post-divorce life. Indeed, the vast majority of these objectives -- securing a new place to live, creating a new budget, etc. -- will be expected and relatively easy to achieve.

However, some of these objectives will be unexpected and may not necessarily be the easiest to obtain. For instance, newly divorced people may suddenly feel the need to reinvent themselves or an urge to explore the world around them.

Helping men navigate the fear and frustration of the divorce process

The unfortunate reality for many men when it comes to divorce is that they not only feel devastated by the end of their marriage and the splintering of their familial unit, but also relatively frustrated and even somewhat fearful about the legal proceedings that will soon be commencing.

Here, this frustration and fear often comes from a belief that their gender will somehow put them at a disadvantage at the negotiating table or in the courtroom, or that the state's divorce laws are interpreted in such a way that they are essentially powerless.

How familiar are you with the family court system?

When a person retains the services of an attorney to handle a family law matter, they will likely find themselves in an entirely new world that bears little, if any, resemblance to anything they've seen on television or in films. Indeed, it's not just the settings that are foreign, but also the language used, the paperwork filed and, of course, the proceedings attended.

In recognition of this reality, today's post, the first in a series, will spend some time providing some basic background information on the family court here in Fulton County, the primary forum in which most family law matters in this area of the state are resolved.

Alabama Supreme Court invalidates same-sex Georgia adoption

The Supreme Court of Alabama made headlines a few weeks ago after handing down a highly controversial decision in E.L. v. V.L., a case that originated here in Georgia with the adoption of three children by a woman in a same-sex relationship.

According to the facts of the case, two women, identified as E.L. and V.L. in court documents, were longtime partners who had three children after E.L. underwent artificial insemination. In 2007, V.L., with the consent and full participation of E.L., successfully adopted the three children in Georgia.

Understanding some of Georgia's legal requirements relating to divorce

Once the difficult decision is made to pursue a divorce, chances are very good that a spouse will want to initiate the process as soon as possible.

While the reasons for wanting a split to proceed in an expeditious manner vary -- from wanting to spare children from any unnecessary aggravation to wanting out of a bad relationship as soon as possible -- the fact remains that anyone seeking a divorce in Georgia will nevertheless have to satisfy certain requirements.

Do I really need an attorney to get a divorce in Georgia?

Financial concerns top the list of worries for many people these days. Jobs are harder to find, promotions are harder to come by, college tuition is astronomical and the cost of living is not necessarily going down.

At times like this, the prospect of paying a divorce attorney with hourly fees to help you and your spouse divide your assets in half may not sound appealing – especially if you and your spouse know how you want to handle issues such as property division, child custody and support.

Why unmarried older couples should consider cohabitation agreements

It goes without saying that social mores have evolved to a considerable degree over the last several decades. Indeed, the majority of people will not bat an eye at the thought of two people living together outside of marriage.

While cohabitation is then very common among younger people, it's also becoming increasingly popular among older people. In particular, those who were previously married and, while wanting love and companionship, don't necessarily want to entertain the possibility of another divorce.

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