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Family Law Information

  • Child Custody & Visitation Modifications

    After child custody has been initially determined, a court may modify the initial custody order upon a showing that new and material conditions exist which substantially affect the interests...
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  • Child Support Modifications

    Once a Final Order and Decree of divorce has been entered in a divorce case, certain portions of the final order may be changed or modified by the court upon the petition of one or both...
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  • Alimony Modifications

    In Georgia, after a divorce matter has been concluded and a Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce has been entered in the matter, an action for a modification of alimony may be filed by either...
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  • Contempt Actions

    Generally, contempt of court refers to an action or actions that disregard or disobey an order of the court or conduct that is disrespectful toward the court. See generally Garland v. The...
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  • Legitimation

    If the mother and the father of the child were never married to each other, legitimation is the process that a biological father may undertake in Georgia to legally establish a relationship...
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Paternity

In Georgia, in instances where the mother and the father were never married, the mother of the child may obtain an order for child support by seeking and obtaining an order establishing the paternity of the child and the father’s child support obligation. See O.C.G.A. §§ 19-7-40 et seq., 19-11-14, and 19-7-49(a)...

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  • Family Violence

    In Georgia, family violence, better known as domestic violence, is defined as: “…the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household...

  • Adoptions

    In Georgia, adoption is a legal process by which a court, via a Court Order, declares one person to be the legal child of the adoptive parent or parents. Typically, only minors are adopted by adoptive parents; however, it is permissible in Georgia for one adult to adopt another. This process is called adult adoption...

  • Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements

    An ante-nuptial agreement, commonly referred to as a pre-nuptial agreement or “pre-nup,” is a contract entered into by a couple prior to marriage that divides the couple’s assets in case of divorce. See generally O.C.G.A. § 19-3-62. Many people associate pre-nuptial agreements with those who are very wealthy or famous, but anyone who wishes to protect his or her separate or pre-marital property in the event of divorce should consider entering into a pre-nuptial agreement prior to marriage...

  • Grandparent Visitation Rights

    Georgia law recognizes that it is extremely important for children to not only have a relationship with both parents, but to maintain a healthy relationship with their grandparents as well. See O.C.G.A. § 19-7-3 (c)(3). Due to this recognition, Georgia law allows grandparents to seek and establish a legally enforceable visitation arrangement with their grandchild or grandchildren in certain circumstances...

  • Post Judgment Review & Appeals

    In general, Georgia law provides three main remedies for those who believe that the judge presiding over their family law matter made an error of law in deciding to the final judgment in their case...

  • Miscellaneous Topics

    Georgia law does not recognize the concept of “legal separation.” However, for those in Georgia who wish to remain married but live separately and apart, there is a legal action called Separate Maintenance. Separate maintenance is a domestic relations action in Georgia that may be filed by either spouse...

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