Federal lawsuit focus: challenge to alimony’s legality

Spousal support in Georgia can often be an uncertain topic. That is, the guidelines for evaluating and awarding alimony are subjective and largely left to a judge’s discretion. The result can be highly dissimilar awards handed down in cases where marriage duration, assets at issue and other factors are closely related. As we have noted […]

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Child support: dealing with a non-payer

OK, the court-mandated check from your former spouse didn’t arrive … again. Owing to that, financial matters — especially those relating to required outlays on the kids — seem ever-more perilous. What do you do? The above situation and self-asked question is a commonplace across the county, including in Georgia, millions of time each year. […]

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A key cog to ensure an airtight prenup: proven legal help

OK, you finally got around to signing that contract a few of your friends were constantly reminding you about. It wasn’t that bad — an online boilerplate document entitled “Prenuptial Agreement” that you and the soon-to-be spouse ran through in about 15 minutes and executed moments ago, just hours before the wedding. Your partner seemed […]

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Think twice about divorcing to save some bucks on Obamacare

Here’s an interesting twist on visitation in the family law context, in Georgia and everywhere else across the country. You and your ex-spouse have just divorced. Your spouse has been awarded child custody of the kids, and you have visitation rights as the non-custodial parent. When you want to see the kids, you just — […]

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Study: Technology was the reason I cheated

In this technological age, it isn’t that rare to go out to a restaurant in Atlanta and spot a table with one or more people focused on a smartphone. Mobile technology has revolutionized our society, but too much attention on tablets, cellphones and other devices is prompting some spouses to seek attention outside of the […]

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Coweta County’s unique child support program

Coweta County, on the outskirts of the Atlanta area, has tried a unique solution for bringing parents together when child support disputes arise. The county has set up what it refers to as a problem solving court that is intended to motivate parents to be better providers and to get both parents to work together […]

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If I get divorced, can I stay in the house until my child graduates?

People going through a divorce here in Georgia ask us this question frequently. The answer, as usual, is that it depends on the facts and circumstances of the case. As always, the parties can agree to do anything they want to do with the home, well, almost anything, burning it down and splitting the insurance […]

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Changing demographics enlarges the role of many grandparents

A changing demographic across the country, including in Georgia, is having an effect in the realm of family law, with ripples that are showing ever-increasing effects. That is the area of grandparents’ rights, especially as regards child custody, owing to a number of diverse factors that are changing the landscape of American family composition. Truly, […]

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Are you in the dark about marital assets?

Whether we’re talking about cooking, cleaning, carrying the kids to soccer practice or planning investments, every married couple has their own way of dividing up duties. But when one spouse does all of the financial planning while the other pretty much stays in the dark about money matters, there is the risk of the uninformed […]

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A few things to think about for dads in the family law context

Fathers of children in Georgia and elsewhere sometimes say that they are both bewildered and more than a bit daunted by family law and most things associated with it. Dads and advocates for fathers’ rights frequently state that the system seems stacked against them, with judges serving for the most part as umpires overseeing an […]

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