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Matters of divorce and custody are never easy, but our firm understands the importance of putting your family first and giving you the help and expertise you need to keep it that way.
Whether you've just started the process of Divorce or you're still considering what your best 'next step' is, we can help you get things moving in the right direction. Complicated or simple, it's always best to have an attorney by your side when going through a divorce. At Howell Law, LLC, we are committed to representing our clients with strength, knowledge, and authority. Contact us now for your FREE consultation and get more details on our highly successful track record!
Modifications to existing orders might seem impossible, but we make them easy! Whether you're looking to modify custody, visitation, or child support, we have detailed knowledge of the processes and statutes related to all modifications in the field of Family Law. Call us now for your FREE phone consultation.
The adoption process in Georgia has seven outlined steps. While this may not seem like much, things can get a bit overwhelming. That's where we come in! We know the system inside and out and can work quickly, accurately, and efficiently to get you moving forward in your case. Contact us for more details!
Georgia law has two ways of recognizing a relationship between a father and a child - paternity and legitimation. Georgia is one of the few states that has the additional layer of legitimation. It is part of the continuum to establishing custodial rights. If you are a father seeking rights to your child, please let us help you get there! We know the process and the laws inside and out and will fight fiercely for your rights to your children.
The Equitable Caregiver Act in Georgia recognizes that someone who has been taking care of a child in a competent and consistent manner can apply for custody of that child. If you're in a situation where your custody rights are in question, let us help you keep your rights as a caregiver, no matter your relationship to the child.
If this is your first time going through a divorce, odds are you're experiencing anxiety over what's to come. Even if you've already been through it, every divorce case is different, but there's no need to worry! To start, be sure you have the following information handy:
From there, we can begin to build an outline of your case and provide more insights as to what to expect moving forward.
Uncontested divorces can go through the courts with minimal fees and quicker resolution. This is why the courts recommend mediation/arbitration before escalating to the next level. However, suppose you are sure there are unresolvable issues like child custody or family assets. Maybe alimony is a concern too. If factors like this are present, your case will likely move forward to court and be a bit more involved. There's no need to worry, though! We'll be right there with you to provide the support and guidance you need. Remember to stay honest and transparent with your attorney in ALL matters regarding your divorce. An attorney cannot help address an issue you if you leave them in the dark, and their only goal is to work as hard as they can to get you the best possible outcome!
Yes, divorce can be costly, but it doesn't have to be. The more you can work out through your attorney, outside of court, the cheaper your overall costs will be. Remember, you're doing this for the best interests of your family, especially your children, and while you and your former partner may not agree on everything, you can at least agree on that. Once the divorce is filed with the courts, it is best that you retain an attorney immediately, if you haven't already, so you can proceed forward as strong as possible. It's also best if you keep communications regarding your divorce between you and your attorney and let them do the talking with the other party, especially if things are contentious. Enough cannot be said about having the right professional by your side to guide you through things. Choosing the right attorney makes all the difference!
There is a great deal of debate on who qualifies for alimony, for how long, and on what basis. First, you should know that each state has different statutes and precedents for establishing these criteria. Your attorney will have the knowledge to advise you on this and will be your greatest asset in determining whether or not this should be a concern for your divorce.
In general, alimony is a realistic possibility in situations where one party earned an income outside the home, and the other party remained in the house to benefit the marital family (i.e., raising children, keeping the home in order, etc.). In addition, the courts may consider rewarding alimony in instances of infidelity or adultery in the marriage, but alimony is usually considered more of a financial 'gap filler' that allows the courts to decide if and when it applies to a divorce case and how much will be paid over what period.
Actually, no. Child support in Georgia is calculated based on income first, so even if you and your partner are spending the same amount of time with your little one(s), child support is still a factor. Just remember that child support is important to your child's overall well-being in BOTH homes, so the courts will want to find the best number to help ensure that they are able to live in the conditions they are already accustomed to, despite the separation. You can find the Georgia child support worksheet here to get a better idea of what the monthly amount could be, but keep in mind there are other variables that could ultimately affect the final numbers. That's why it's important to have an experienced attorney by your side!