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Divorce Hurts…but it Doesn’t Have to be Nasty

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The M&T Way

Advocacy, not Aggression

You might be feeling sad, scared, or even angry. Our emotions are a powerful thing and they can push us to make decisions that can have a negative effect on your life. There's a big difference between blind aggression and professional advocacy. In the heat of the moment, our heightened emotions tell us that we want an aggressive bulldog approach, but what we really need is an advocate that's focused on accomplishing our goals and bringing our case to a quick resolution. Unnecessary fighting costs more, drags the case out, and puts the ultimate outcome of your case in the hands of a judge or jury that just met you a few hours ago. We work tirelessly to resolve your case and put decision-making power back in your hands.

Clarity, not Confusion

Divorce and family law cases have a lot of moving parts. It's easy to get confused. You might be wondering, "what's the first step? Or what do I do next?" We guide our clients through the storm of divorce by educating them on the divorce process and arming them with numerous educational materials. We supplement that education with the use of in-house tools and resources that help us eliminate the confusion and meet the goals you set for your case.

You Don't Have to do This Alone

It's common to feel alone during this process. But remember - you don't have to do this alone. We have a team ready to help you now. Our size and our team-based approach mean that you can count on us to have the right people for your case. Our dedicated Customer Service Team listens carefully to your case details and works to match you with the best divorce lawyer and legal team for your case. Our team approach uses combined years of experience to work for you and save you time and money. We optimize the handling of your case in the most legally and economically efficient manner. No more waiting for your solo lawyer to make time for you or get around to your case - members of your Meriwether & Tharp legal team are available to help.

Divorce: What You Need to Know

The 4 Core Areas for your Divorce

Child Custody

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.

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Child Custody

Asset Division

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.

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Asset Division

Child Support

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.

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Child Support

Alimony

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.

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Alimony
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Visitation Chart

Traditional Visitation ("Standard Visitation")

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Under this plan, that traditionally has been used the most for outlining custody, the primary custodian (A) would have most of the parenting time with the minor child(ren). The secondary custodian (B) would have parenting time from Friday after school (or starting at 6 p.m.) until Sunday at 6pm (or Monday morning at school) every other weekend and dinner(s)/overnight visitation during the off week. The choice between pickups and drop-offs at school v. at 6 pm varies based upon the needs of the parties in each case with a preference towards drop offs at school to avoid conflict that may be caused by an in- person exchange.

  • Less transfers during the school week
  • Allows for work related travel during the week

Extended Traditional

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Similar to the traditional visitation plans, this format has an every other weekend approach. The extra day allows for the noncustodial parent (B) to have extended visitation with the child(ren). As in the traditional example, pickups and dropoffs can occur either at school or at a designated time. This hybrid of joint visitation and traditional visitation has been growing in popularity over recent years.

  • Allows more visitation time with the non-custodial parent
  • Generally maintains a home base for the child during school

Weekly Exchange (Joint Custody)

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This custody arrangement has also been popular. Obviously, it's a week on/week off format that requires extended time away from the other parent. As a result, this format is slightly disfavored as of late.

  • The minor child has equal time with each parent.

2/2/5 (also referred to as 2/2/3) (Joint Custody)

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This plan is a relatively new version of the weekly exchange schedule and provides for a similar 50/50 joint custody arrangement. This plan, however, breaks the monotony of the weekly exchange schedule and provides its own level of certainty for the child(ren) involved. Since each parent has two designated nights for visitation during the week, it allows a parent to schedule day care and extracurricular activites on a consistent basis that was generally prevented under the week on/week off type of schedule. Additional, this plan provides each parent with alternating full weekends with the child.

  • Children don't have to wait whole week to see both parents
  • Great for ensuring a child is able to participate in activites that happen on a consistent day of the week
  • Easier to remember schedule during the week - if your parent time is on Wednesday, it is always on Wednesday.
  • Alternating full weekends with both parents
  • 50/50 Joint Custody

Why M&T

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Patrick "Leh" Meriwether was selected as a Super Lawyer by Super Lawyers Magazine in 2018, 2019, and 2020, 2021. Leh was also awarded the Legal Elite Award by Georgia Trend Magazine in 2016 and 2018.

Robert L. Tharp

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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

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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 A. Orston

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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

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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 A. Canale

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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 & 2021.

Courtney H. Carpenter

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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 Chambers

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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

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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

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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.

Dorothy "Dodie" Sachs

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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

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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.

The M&T Difference

We are here for you. We take care of your divorce. You take care of your life.

Meriwether & Tharp has Super Lawyers and Rising Stars in Divorce.

Super Lawyers & Rising Stars Award

14 M&T Divorce Lawyers Selected

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers within their particular practice area. Lawyers who are selected have typically attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The Super Lawyers and Rising Stars selection process is a patented process that includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. At Meriwether & Tharp, our divorce lawyers constantly strive to help our clients through difficult times while providing the highest level of legal service. These efforts rarely go unnoticed. We are proud to announce 14 attorneys selected to Super Lawyers and Rising Stars for 2021. In fact, it's our 4th year in a row of getting over 10 of our divorce lawyers selected to Super Lawyers and/or Rising Stars.

Meriwether & Tharp won the Inc 5000 award 5 years in a row.

Inc. 5000

M&T Wins Inc. 5000 Award Five Years in a Row 

The annual Inc. 5000 award is Inc. Magazine's distinguished editorial award for inclusion into a prestigious list of the fastest growing private companies in the Nation. The Inc. 5000 ranks companies by overall revenue growth over a three-year period. Meriwether & Tharp is proud to announce that we have won the Inc. 5000 award for being one of the fastest growing companies in the Nation 5 times in the last 5 years. Each year for the past 5 years, we beat our previous year's growth numbers. You can rest easy knowing that Meriwether & Tharp is a healthy, thriving, and growing business. For our clients, we go above and beyond to resolve your case while meeting the goals you set for your case. For our lawyers and staff, we provide a healthy stable environment that is easy to grow and succeed in for many years to come.

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