3 Myths About Men and Divorce

An old saying goes something along the lines of, “If you think it’s a man’s world, wait until you get divorced.” Divorce court was regarded as the place where women came out on top as the parent of choice and recipient of substantial spousal support awards, leaving the husband with limited access to his children and a difficult existence on a reduced income. What makes common myths about men and divorce so Read More

Georgia Tenants: Know Your Rights in 3 Common Security Deposit Disputes

Security deposits are intended to compensate Atlanta landlords if a tenant disappears without paying the last month’s rent or damages the apartment during their tenancy. The deposit is supposed to be returned to the tenant after they move out, minus any deductions for damages. It sounds straightforward, but security deposit disputes are one of the main reasons why Atlanta landlords and tenants end up in Read More

How a Criminal Record Impacts Your Immigration Case

These days, thousands of immigrants, both legal and undocumented, are worried about their status in the U.S. After the White House issued new executive orders in January 2017, the Department of Homeland Security and ICE (Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement) began taking accelerated action again those labeled as “removable,” even if they had legal status. While the Executive Orders did not add to the categories Read More

6 Possible Deportation Defenses to Prevent Deportation

If you receive a “Notice to Appear” from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, you’re probably feeling scared, desperate, and helpless. Regardless of whether you believed you were in the U.S. legally or you overstayed a visa and simply hoped for the best, you’re wondering if there are any deportation defenses that can provide relief and let you continue building your new life here. The answer is yes. Below is a Read More

What’s Mine Is Mine: How Georgia Divides Property in a Divorce

When you divorce in Georgia, all property accumulated during the marriage needs to be divided between you and your spouse. Most divorcing spouses negotiate the division themselves or seek assistance from a mediator in order to avoid the time, expense, and stress of a contested divorce. But if you cannot reach an agreement, the court will have to make that decision. Separate vs. Marital Assets The division Read More

Understanding Dispossessory Actions

When relations with your landlord turn sour, there is always the chance that they may try to evict you. While some evictions are legally justified, others are not, and it is important to understand your rights if your landlord orders you to leave. What is a Dispossessory Action? In Georgia, eviction lawsuits are also known as dispossessory actions. Your landlord may evict you for not paying rent or for Read More

Divorce 101: How Alimony Is Determined in Georgia

The concept of alimony, also known as spousal support, dates back to a time when husbands were the financial providers and wives rarely worked outside the home or, if they did, it was merely to supplement their spouse’s income. Knowing that divorce left most wives at an economic disadvantage, the courts ordered their former husbands to support them financially until they remarried. Today, it is routine to see both Read More

Divorce 101: How Is Child Custody Determined in Georgia?

When parents are separating or divorcing in Georgia, the ideal outcome is that they make their own custody arrangement, one that meets the needs of the entire family. If this can’t happen due to hostility between the parents, the court will have to step in. Many fathers dread this prospect because they assume that mothers have an advantage when it comes to custody, especially if the children are younger. While Read More

Know Your Rights: What to Do if Your Landlord Isn’t Taking Care of Your Apartment or Rental Home

When you moved into your new apartment in Atlanta, it was bright, clean, and all appliances were in good working order. Over time, however, you soon realized that your landlord was not too concerned about upkeep. It took him weeks to repair the leaking kitchen faucet and now the lock on the door to your unit won’t work properly. Every apartment or rental home in the state comes with an implied warranty of Read More

Immigration Basics: Understanding the “Green Card”

For many newcomers, obtaining their green card takes them one step closer to their dream of American citizenship. When you have a green card, you are a legal permanent resident who can live and work in the United States. Other benefits include: Applying for U.S. citizenship after five years Sponsoring relatives to join you in the U.S. Becoming eligible for Social Security benefits after working for at Read More