What You Need to Know About Temporary Protective Orders

If you have been a victim of family violence and are sincerely afraid of your spouse, former spouse, current or former domestic partner, or close family member, you should file for a Temporary Protective Order (TPO). These orders can help keep you safe as you seek to reclaim your future. How to Obtain a Temporary Protective Order O.C.G.A. §19-13-3 specifies the guidelines for protective orders in Georgia. If Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Willful and Not Willful Contempt

In Georgia, contempt of court refers to actions that disobey a court order, disrupt courtroom proceedings, or are otherwise disrespectful toward the court. Contempt actions in family law generally result from nonpayment of alimony or child support or failing to abide by the terms of a child custody and visitation order. If a person is found in contempt they can be subjected to civil and criminal penalties such Read More

The Joys of Fatherhood: How to Thrive as a Divorced Dad

When your divorce was in progress, your main concerns were how the marital estate would be divided, whether or not you would have to pay spousal support and, above all, how much time you would get with the kids. Now that the Final Judgment and Divorce Decree have been entered, you have the answers to those questions. The uncertainty is over, and it’s time to start thriving as a divorced dad. But how do you go Read More

When You Have Elephants for Neighbors: 4 Things to Know About the Covenant to Quiet Enjoyment

When you rent your home, you will likely run into inconveniences now and again. In some cases the problems will be minor annoyances, like the neighbor’s baby crying until sunrise or speeding vehicles hurtling past the property, motor screaming. Other times there will be serious issues, such as a landlord who violates your right to privacy or fails to make repairs. In any event, you need to understand how your right Read More

5 Ways to Protect Your Kids During a Family Law Matter

Divorce can be an emotional minefield, but when you have children, the stakes go up. Children of any age, from toddlers to teenagers, can be negatively affected when their parents split up. While there is no one simple solution for protecting your kids through the divorce process, there are ways that you and your spouse can work together to make the process easier for them. 1.   Protect them from conflict as much Read More

Life Goes on for Now for DACA DREAMers: Understanding What Happened with DACA in the Supreme Court

Last month the Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s request to directly consider an order made by a California district court judge in January. The decision has had a dramatic impact on the debate over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and the fate of the over 600,000 DREAMers who are part of it. The court battle began when U.S. District Judge William Alsup in California ruled Read More

Georgia Family Law: Your Parental Rights as an Unwed Father

When married parents separate or divorce in Georgia, they both have rights to the children. It’s a different picture when the couple is not married. In this situation, only the mother is entitled to custody, even if the couple was together for years and the father’s name is on all of the birth certificates. Georgia law differentiates between a biological father and one who has been legally recognized. Fathering a Read More

5 Self-Care Tips After a Divorce

Divorce is more than a complicated legal process. It can also be an emotional ordeal when you have to itemize and divide the remnants of your married life, while preparing mentally and financially for the future. So if you feel lost, sad, or intimidated afterwards, it’s entirely normal. With proper and consistent self-care, you will get past it and move on to a bright and promising future. Below is a list of ways Read More

Renters’ Rights: Your 5 Basic Tenant Rights in Georgia

When you have an unscrupulous landlord, they may try to convince you that they hold the upper hand in the relationship. They may violate your privacy, make excuses for not carrying out necessary repairs, and even try to constructively evict you by changing locks or shutting off your utilities. However, the reality is that as a Georgia tenant, you have certain basic rights that are specified in state code. The Read More

The Difference Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce in Georgia

Divorce inspires emotions that include worry, stress, fear, sadness, and anger. If you’ve been unhappy for awhile, you probably feel relieved too. You’ll likely experience an entire gamut of intense feelings as you accept the end of the marriage and prepare to divide assets and debts and discuss child custody and support, alimony, and the future of the marital home. These feelings and focal points are common to Read More