Patricia K. Buonodono ("Pat") earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Georgia State University. She was a member of the National Key Honor Society, and graduated cum laude. Pat then continued on to earn her Juris Doctor degree from the Georgia State University College of Law in 1994.
Pat opened up her own practice upon passing the bar, and worked primarily in family law and child welfare for 16 years. During that time, she became a Registered Mediator in civil, domestic relations, and domestic violence related cases. Pat served as a Fellow for the Supreme Court of Georgia's Committee on Justice for Children's Cold Case Project, studying cases to improve outcomes and policies regarding children in foster care.
Pat began work with the Administrative Office of the Courts as Managing Attorney for Education for the Committee on Justice for Children in 2010, and became Director of the Georgia Child Support Project and Staff Attorney to the Child Support Commission in the fall of 2012. Pat has participated in 15-30 child support trainings each year, and has answered questions from the public, attorneys and judges on a daily basis since beginning work for the Child Support Commission.
Pat is one of Georgia's first class of Child Welfare Law Specialists, having earned that national certification in 2010.
"Pat helped guide me and my ex-husband through a relatively amicable divorce filing. She was so skilled at collaboration, we were able to successfully navigate the terms of our divorce in just a few months, including separating financials, custody and child support arrangements. Her care and concern were incredible, and her knowledge of family law was invaluable to us both."
"Pat represented me during a child custody and support dispute. She was able to help me navigate through the details that mattered and helped keep my expectations aligned with the best possible outcome for me and my child. I appreciate her positive outlook, compassion, and professionalism.