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You do not have to face divorce and family law issues alone. We will be at your side fighting for you through the entire process. Our Georgia divorce lawyers and family law attorneys have helped hundreds of clients facing what is likely one of the most stressful times of their lives – and we can help you too.

Coleman Legal Group, LLC’s Georgia divorce lawyers and family law attorneys have extensive experience involving the following matters:

Georgia Uncontested Divorce  | Georgia Contested Divorce  | Child Support | Spousal Support | Alimony | Division of Property | Division of Debt | Mediation | Arbitration | Depositions | Trials | Child Custody and Visitation | More >>

Men and Father’s Divorce Issues
Men are often confronted with divorce when they least expect it.  Several studies show that the proportion of divorces initiated by women ranged around sixty percent (60%) for most of the 20th century and climbed to more than seventy percent (70%) in the late 1960’s when no-fault divorce became more available.  Furthermore, in addition to usually being the party served with a divorce rather than filing the case, men face several unique issues and challenges in a divorce case.
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Women and Mother’s Divorce Issues
It is not uncommon for a woman filing a divorce to do a lot of pre-planning in regard to moving assets, separating accounts, lining up witnesses and making plans with friends and family to obtain affidavits to use in court. Women frequently make plans well in advance of filing divorce to get alimony, child support and child custody as soon as possible at a temporary hearing. Furthermore, women seeking divorce have usually make a list of assets they want before even meeting with their attorney.
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What You Need To Know About Your Divorce
In speaking with hundreds of people seeking divorce and working in several Superior Courts and in front of several Judges, we attempt to shine light on some of the common misconceptions and confusing contradictions faced in getting divorced in Georgia.
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Uncontested Divorce in Georgia
An uncontested divorce is a case where both spouses agree on all legally required aspects of the divorce.  In an uncontested divorce, the husband and wife agree on how to divide all of their property (assets) and of the debts of the marriage.  If the husband and wife have minor children, they will also agree on the child custody, visitation and child support amounts.  Finally, the parties will also agree if any amount of spousal support or alimony is to be paid.

Once the parties agree on all of the above terms, they are ready to sign a Georgia uncontested divorce settlement agreement (along with several other related forms) setting forth the terms of the big five divorce issues:

Division of Marital Assets / Property
Division of Marital Debts
Child Support
Spousal Support / Alimony
Child Custody / Visitation

Once the husband and wife have signed all of the divorce paperwork, our Georgia divorce lawyers can file the documents with the appropriate Georgia Superior Court and request the court grant a judgment for divorce.  This can often be done without the parties even having to go to court.  However, this process is much easier when using an experienced divorce attorney.  An uncontested finalized divorce can usually be granted in less than sixty (60) days.
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Contested Divorce in Georgia
In a contested divorce, the parties disagree on one or more terms of the divorce – or the defendant cannot be found.  When this happens, the person seeking the divorce is left with only one option – the filing a “complaint” with the court.  In Georgia, a contested divorce can only be obtained through a court proceeding (Specifically in Superior Court).  A copy of this complaint is served on the other spouse, usually by the sheriff or private process server.   If the spouse cannot be found and served, then service by publication may be an option.  The spouse who has been served with a complaint should consult a lawyer as soon as possible for help answering and possibly contesting statements in the complaint. The formal, written “answer” to the complaint is due with thirty (30) days of service of the complaint.

The disagreements that lead to a contested divorces in Georgia often involve one or more of the following issues:

Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support
Alimony or Spousal Support
The Equitable Division of Marital Assets / Property
The Equitable Division of Marital Debt

In a contested case, the parties must resolve by settlement the issues out of court – or a judge will make the final decisions for the parties.  The advantages of settling are that both parties will have significant input to the final divorce agreement.  However, if a judge decides the final issues – the parties lose a great deal of control over the final result.  Sometimes it is worth letting the court decide the issues, especially if the other party is being very unreasonable.  However, two reasonable minded people can usually come to an agreement that makes both parties happier than what they might have gotten in a court trial.
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Coleman Legal Group, LLC’s Georgia lawyers practice in the areas of Divorce, Family Law, Estates, Wills, Trusts, Probate, Bankruptcy, Business Law and Immigration. We have offices conveniently located at:

Alpharetta Georgia
North Point Park
5755 North Point Parkway
Suite 52
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Phone: 770-408-0477 | Map

Atlanta Georgia
Colony Square
1201 Peachtree Street, 400
Colony Square, Suite 200
Atlanta, GA 30361
Phone: 770-408-0477 | Map

Dunwoody, Sandy Springs
GA 400, Atlanta Georgia
1200 Abernathy Road, Bldg 600
Northpark Town Center
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-408-0477 | Map
Cumming Georgia
The Avenue Forsyth
410 Peachtree Parkway
Building 400, Suite 4245
Cumming, GA 30041
Phone: 770-408-0477 | Map
Johns Creek, Duluth Georgia
11555 Medlock Bridge Road
Suite 100
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Phone: 770-609-1247 | Map
Duluth Georgia
Sugarloaf
2180 Satellite Boulevard
Suite 400
Duluth, GA 30097
Phone: 770-609-1247 | Map
Kennesaw Georgia
TownPark Center
125 TownPark Drive
Suite 300
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: 770-609-1247 | Map

Lawrenceville
Huntcrest
1755 North Brown Road
Suite 200
Lawrenceville, GA 30043
Phone: 770-609-1247 | Map

Georgia Areas We Serve
Coleman Legal Group, LLC’s divorce and family law attorneys handle cases in the following cities and communities: Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton, Cumming, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Woodstock, Kennesaw, GainsevilleNorcross, Lawrenceville, Midtown, Inman ParkDuluth, Buckhead, Dunwoody, ViningsSmyrna, Covington, Conyers, NewbornMansfield, Oxford, Social Circle, Porterdale, Buford, Sugar Hill and Starrsville.

Our divorce and family law attorneys frequently handle cases for clients residing in the following counties: Fulton, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cobb, DeKalb, Henry, Cherokee, Douglas, Carroll, Coweta, Paulding, Bartow, Hall, Barrow, Walton, Newton, Rockdale, Henry, Spalding, Fayette, Newton, Walton, Rockdale and Clayton. 

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Child Testimony in Divorce and Custody Cases

Posted by on Oct 17, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Child Testimony in Divorce and Custody Cases

Child testimony has been a sensitive subject in most courts and jurisdictions with some courts allowing testimony in extreme cases while in others limiting the ability of the child to testify in an attempt to shield the child from tensions between parties and the conflict of the court case. In most situations it is general practice in the state of Georgia to reserve a child’s testimony for only extreme situations and in such situations that the testimony will take place in the privacy of the judge’s chambers and exclusively in a conversation...

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Helping Your Children Adjust to Divorce

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Helping Your Children Adjust to Divorce

Divorces and separations are difficult for children to adapt to and to adjust to as they upset the previous family unit, cause differences in time spent with either parent, cause separations of households, changes in school districts, changes in travel arrangements etc. The divorce process has the ability to radically change a child’s life, for better or worse, which may take significant amounts of time to adjust to. During a divorce there are multiple ways in which a parent can make small changes to assist a child’s adjustment to changes as...

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Long Distance Child Custody Issues

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Long Distance Child Custody Issues

Long distance custody issues may arise when either parent moves during custody proceeding or following a child custody proceeding. In situations in which a parent moves during an initial custody preceding either parent may alter parenting plans to incorporate a standard long distance child custody order and certain concerns should be correspondently communicated to the court. In more difficult situations in which a move is made following an implemented award of custody the either parent may motion for a change of custody / motion for a change...

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Georgia Court Jurisdiction for Minor Children | Divorce & Family Law

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Georgia Court Jurisdiction for Minor Children | Divorce & Family Law

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Custody and the Best Interest Standard In Divorce and Family Law

Posted by on Sep 14, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Custody and the Best Interest Standard In Divorce and Family Law

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Custody and Conflict Resolution in a Co-Parenting Situation

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Custody and Conflict Resolution in a Co-Parenting Situation

If you have a conflict resolution plan established by court you must follow the plan established in the court order. If you do not have an outlined conflict resolution plan then you may need to re-address the court to establish a conflict resolution plan or take the following steps to settle / resolve a high conflict situation. The benefits of having such a plan are to prevent unnecessary legal cases, saving unnecessary legal cost, and or to prevent hostile and frivolous legal actions generated for the purpose of harassment. When Should I...

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What is a Temporary Protective Order (TPO)?

Posted by on Sep 2, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What is a Temporary Protective Order (TPO)?

What is a Temporary Protective Order? Frequently an issue leading up to a divorce or family law case are Temporary Protective Orders – also known as TPOs. A TPO is a legal document implemented by the court to prevent evidentiary patterns of abuse, stalking, or harassment. In the state of Georgia one may file a TPO either as a family violence protective order, Mutual Restraining Order (MRO), or a Stalking / Harassment Protective Order. Each type of order can provide protection, but each may do it in a different way and some are better...

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Types of Child Custody in Georgia

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Types of Child Custody in Georgia

Joint Legal Custody: Most cases in Georgia will have an outcome of joint legal custody as this is generally the standard practice if there is not another circumstance present to warrant any other form of custody to take place. In joint legal custody one parent will be awarded primary physical custody of the child while the other parent receives secondary or non-custodial rights in relation to the child. Joint legal custody will allow for certain responsibilities to be delegated between the parents and will give the secondary parent the...

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Social Media in Divorce and Family Law

Posted by on Aug 11, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Social Media in Divorce and Family Law

During a divorce or family law case a party should significantly reduce social media activity during the course of the case. Social media sites can be a double edged sword when entering into a family law case as they can either provide you with valuable information and or they can give the other party ammunition to use against you with court evidence. Social media may include any online website that provides current information about you including, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, Pintrest, and Youtube. It is important to make changes to these...

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What is Hostile Aggressive Parenting?

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

What is Hostile Aggressive Parenting?

Hostile Aggressive Parenting, also known as HAP, is a pattern of behavior that acts in conflict with a child’s best interest and can constitute as abuse or maltreatment. Generally Hostile Aggressive Parenting is exhibited in child custody cases where there is high conflict, the parents are unable to co-parent, or the parents differ greatly in their parenting styles. The HAP parent uses their behavior to align a child caught in a dispute with them and to effectively turn the child away from the target parent. Parents that act out in HAP will...

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