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
We Are Your Source for Georgia Divorce
With a huge library of resources that covers every aspect of divorce from start to finish...
Patrick "Leh" Meriwether was selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018 & 2019. 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 four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).
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 three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019).
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 three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019). 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.
Courtney H. Carpenter was selected by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Rising Star in 2018 & 2019. 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 three years in a row (2017, 2018, 2019). 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.
Charlotte Ruble was selected as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers Magazine four years in a row (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019). 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.
The M&T Difference
We are here for you. We take care of your divorce. You take care of your life.
Simply the Best - Charlotte Ruble Charlotte Ruble of M&T worked with me from day one and provided consistent attention to detail, empathy, and execution. She prepared me for every facet of the process and turned this trying divorce experience into a more manageable... read more
They genuinely want what's best for your family. This is not a firm that just wants your money. The o ly asked to be paid for their services but its reasonable. read more
Patrick Leh Meriwether helped me with a settlement and situation back in August 2009. He was great at listening to my needs and helping me get the situation resolved. He was professional and a good listener. He also seemed to know what to do at evry turn of the situation... read more
Professional and recognized group I've been very pleased with the commitment Courtney and the staff has put into my divorce case. They have been very persistent in getting a fair resolution for me and applied several methods to get this done. They've been communicative... read more
Andrew and his team more wonderful. I started out with one lawyer and within the 1st few weeks I went realized it was not going to work. A friend of mine told me to go to Meriwether and Tharp, where I met Andrew, Amanda and Amanda. They were amazing in every way and I... read more
Thank You I spoke with several law firms about starting divorce and child custody proceedings, but didn't feel confident in any until I reached out to Meriwether & Tharp. Ryan, Georgetta, and the entire team helped put me at ease during an extremely stressful time, and... read more
Meriwether and Tharpe - wonderful. Michael Schlifka was wonderful. His work was detailed and thorough. I had a lot of problems dealing with my now ex-husband but we worked through everything over emails and maybe 1 or 2 phone calls. His paralegals were so friendly... read more
There are not enough kind things I can say about Lauren Devine to express my gratitude for her services. This is my second case with her and her dedication to me as a client has never wavered; always putting extra time and effort into everything she did for my case. Her... read more
I have to admit I was nervous to meet with Meriwether and Tharp seeing as they are such a huge company but as soon as I did I was glad. Even though they are big they never made me feel like I was just another client or another number. They were very supportive,... read more