Meriwether & Tharp
Experienced Divorce Lawyers Throughout Atlanta
Child custody defines the relationship between both divorcing parents and their minor children. There are two major types of custody - physical custody and legal custody.
There are two key concepts for asset division: 1) defining what exactly is (and isn't) marital; and, 2) noting Georgia does not require an equal division of property.
Child support is financial support that is paid from one parent to another to help pay for the various costs associated with raising the minor children.
Alimony is an allowance out of one spouse's (or ex-spouse's) separate estate for the support of the other spouse when the spouses are living separately.
Understand the Typical Divorce Process
Complaint for Divorce Filed
Start of litigation
Complaint is Served
Varies, but usually shortly after the complaint is filed
Answer to Complaint Due
30 days for the date of service
Anytime, but usually after initial discovery
Usually early in the process
Late Case Evaluation / Judicial Hosted Settlement Conference
Usually near the end of the case
Usually 6 months to years after the start of litigation
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Patrick "Leh" Meriwether was selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018, 2019, and 2020. Leh was also awarded the Legal Elite Award by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2016 and 2018.
Robert L. Tharp was awarded Family Law Lawyer of the Year by Lawyers Monthly in 2016. Bob was also selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine six years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).
David Beaudry has been practicing solely family law & divorce for nearly 20 years. David Beaudry was selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine five years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021).
Todd co-hosts Divorce Team Radio with Leh Meriwether on Talk 106.7 Sundays at 7 AM. Todd was also awarded the Legal Elite Award by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2018.
Joann Sharp was selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine five years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). Joann is very experienced in the area of divorce and family law appeals.
David Canale has been practicing law for nearly 30 years. David was named a Top 100 lawyer two years in a row (2015, 2016) by The National Advocates. David was named a Super Lawyer in 2020 & 202.1
Courtney H. Carpenter was selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in (2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). Courtney was previously named to The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40.
Lisa Marie was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine in (2017, 2018, 2019, 2021). In 2019, Lisa was also named Legal Elite by Georgia Trend Magazine.
Georgetta Glaves-Innis was selected to the Lawyers of Distinction (Top 10% of Lawyers) in 2017. Georgetta was also awarded the Legal Elite Award by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2016. Georgetta has been named to Georgia's Superlawyer list in 2021.
Charlotte Ruble was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine six years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021). In 2017, Charlotte was elected as the President of the Forsyth County Bar Association.
He is a member of the Bar of the United States Supreme Court, The National Trial Lawyer’s Top 100, American Academy of Forensic Scientists and a member of several national and local bar associations in the States of Georgia and Texas.
Kristal has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of family law cases, including divorce, child custody, child support, equitable division, contempt, family violence, legitimization, and pre- and post-nuptial agreements.
Dodie Sachs is an attorney for Meriwether & Tharp. In 2017 Dodie accepted the Presidents award of excellence from the Gwinnett county Bar Association.
Victoria Snell is an attorney in Meriwether & Tharp's Orlando, Florida office. She is a current member of the Florida Bar: Family Law rules Committee.
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Excellent representation I used Meriwether & Tharp for my divorce. They represented me well and gave me excellent advice. I'm a father in a very conservative county, so I felt I was facing an uphill battle. I ended up with custody of my daughter, and am very grateful for... read more
Terrific Legal Team I had spoken to a few other attorneys in regards to a divorce but they left me feeling "eh"...after speaking with David Beaudry I knew he was the attorney for me. He made me feel as comfortable as possible. He and Elizabeth Doak worked tirelessly to... read more
This is the second time using this firm. Amanda was great. She would return my emails and calls very quickly. She would explain things to me and keep me on the path, when I was quick to have a knee-jerk reaction or let my emotions clog up the air. She would listen... read more
Todd Orston was the best attorney I could've asked for, and he was worth every penny. My divorce had some complex issues that required a lot of strategy work, and he was always full of good ideas. He is realistic and extremely helpful. He is always good natured, and he... read more
Robin Love, Ginger King, and staff provided excellent, professional, and personal service at a reasonable cost. Always responsive and supportive. Robin is recognized by professional peers as one of the best. I highly recommend. read more
Exceptional Mrs. Carpenter made a difficult situation completely manageable with her professionalism and knowledge of the law. From my first conversation with her, I was comfortable and confident she would handle my case with great care. She was able to clearly explain... read more
Wonderful yet again I worked with Deborah for a child custody modification (very shortly after my divorce was finalized), and she was absolutely fantastic. It is very rare to have an associate with as much wisdom as she has. She handles herself like a very well seasoned... read more
Absolutely Excellent!! My experience with Meriwether & Tharp was absolutely wonderful! I felt like I was in good hands when they were handling my difficult case. They maintained professional and calm when dealing with the opposing lawyer that would become very rude and... read more
I had recently went through a divorce and I needed to resolve a problem regarding child custody and child support and I reached out to Amanda Gallardo from meriwether & tharp and she treated me so well and her help was amazing she resolved my problem completely she was... read more