Call 770-609-1247 to speak with a Georgia divorce and family law attorney.
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.
Read More >>
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.
Read More >>
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.
Read More >>
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:
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.
Read More >>
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:
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.
Read More >>
Coleman Legal Group, LLC’s Georgia lawyers practice in the areas of Divorce, Family Law, Estates, Trusts, Wills, Probate, Bankruptcy, Business Law and Immigration. We have offices conveniently located at:
North Point Park
5755 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Phone: 770-408-0477 | Map
1200 Abernathy Road
Northpark Town Center
Atlanta, GA 30328
Phone: 770-408-0477 | Map
11555 Medlock Bridge Rd
Johns Creek, GA 30097
Phone: 770-609-1247 | Map
125 TownPark Drive
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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, Gainseville, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Midtown, Inman Park, Duluth, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Vinings, Smyrna, Covington, Conyers, Newborn, Mansfield, 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.
Copyright © 2014 | Coleman Legal Group, LLC | All Rights Reserved. Coleman Legal Group, LLC • 5755 North Point Parkway, Suite 52 • Alpharetta, GA 30022 • 770-609-1247 DISCLAIMER: The information you obtain at this site is not, nor is it intended to be, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation.
In divorce and family law cases involving child custody issues in which the parents cannot agree or come to a settlement on a parenting plan or custody arrangements then the final decision is left up to the discretion of the judge. Other legal professionals appointed by the judge may review the case and provide the judge an expert opinion on how a parenting plan should be arranged. A judge may take expert opinions into consideration when making an opinion, but it is not mandated that they fully adopt all measures outlined by the appointed...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
There are multiple reasons why an individual may choose a legal separation rather than a divorce. These reasons may arise out of uncertainty of wanting to terminate the marriage, may be due to religious beliefs, or may stem from an individual’s wish to remain financially secure while living separately from his or her spouse. For which ever reason a person has decided legal separation is the best option it is clear that they are not necessarily ready for a complete severance of the marriage but still wish to live separate lives. Also, many...read more
Tax Implications of Filing for Divorce Getting a divorce will most likely have your head spinning in a lot of different directions. While this is likely one of the most stressful events you will face, it is imperative that you consider all of the implications and possible complications caused by the process. One of the most important is income tax liability. There are several important points to consider in order to avoid increased tax liability, an IRS audit, tax penalties, or other serious consequences: - Filing Jointly: Most married...read more
Often, people confuse the role of a parenting coordinator with that of a guardian ad litem. While both are court appointed officers with certain powers and responsibilities, ultimately, they serve different purposes and parties. A parenting coordinator is an impartial professional appointed by the court who helps separated or divorced parents to improve their co-parenting skills and solve problems involving their children and high conflict custody disputes. Usually this person is either an attorney or a court counselor. You can also opt to...read more
By the time you are finished with the divorce process, you will understandably be tired of paperwork, lawyers, and calculations. However, there are still important updates that need to be made, and one of the most crucial is your Will. Many people mistakenly believe that once they have finished their Will, they will never need to update it. There are many reasons you would need to update your Will, and divorce is certainly one of them. One of the main parts of your Will that needs to be changed after your divorce is who the beneficiary of...read more