The M&T Difference
Why M&T? Helping Clients Through Difficult Times
At Meriwether & Tharp, we've spent more than 20 years helping people through some of the most difficult times in their life. That's our specialty. We know that obtaining a divorce can be a difficult process. Not only do you have to navigate the legal complications surrounding equitable division, child support, alimony, and child custody, but you also have to deal with the emotional toll a divorce places on you and your family. Many of you have to manage this legal and emotional burden while continuing to maintain jobs, pay bills, taxi children to their extra-curricular activities, assist with homework, etc. That is why we decided to focus our entire practice on this one area of law. That is why we are here for you. We take care of your divorce. You take care of your life.
At Meriwether & Tharp one of our core values is education. We focus extensively on internal training and education for our divorce lawyers to keep them sharp on the latest best practices. Externally, we focus heavily on providing free resources to educate our clients so they can make the best possible decisions in their divorce and achieve their goals. Further, our divorce lawyers are resolution focused. Rather than focusing on upping the legal fees through incessant fighting and litigating, we focus on quickly finding the best resolution that also meets your goals for the divorce. Learn more about what M&T can do for you below.
We Are Your Source for Georgia Divorce
With a huge library of resources that covers every aspect of divorce from start to finish...
How Meriwether & Tharp Can Help You
Trusted Family Law Advisors
Team of Legal Professionals
Financial Know-How for Fair Asset Division
Innovative Thinking and Effective Results
Meriwether & Tharp, LLC is one of the largest law firms in Georgia dedicated solely to the practice of family law. We constantly attend specialized seminars and lectures to stay up-to-date with the latest developments in family law and psychology. Members of our team have taught other lawyers about various aspects of divorce through Continuing Legal Education courses. We have published articles for various family law publications as well as newspapers. We post free guides and instructional videos (no e-mail necessary). We consistently post family law information on our blog, http://mtlawoffice.com/blogs/ and we post free generalized divorce advice and strategy on our podcast, "Divorce Team Radio". While our attorneys primarily focus on representing clients in divorce actions, members of our team are more than just attorneys. Members of our team are also trained and qualified to serve as mediators, arbitrators, late case evaluators, and Guardian Ad Litems in family law cases.
At Meriwether & Tharp, LLC, you will receive the benefit of not just one attorney but a team of legal professions (including attorneys, paralegals, and assistants) who are dedicated to your case. Our team approach allows us to ensure that cases and the issues that come up are handled quickly and effectively. If one attorney is out of the office for a Court appearance or mediation, there is usually another attorney on your team who is familiar with your case who can assist you. While we are one of the largest firms in Georgia dedicated exclusively to family law, we offer the customer service and individual client attention you would find in a small firm. It is our top priority to ensure that our client's needs throughout the process are addressed.
Having experience dividing a wide variety of marital estates, you can trust the team of legal professionals at Meriwether & Tharp, LLC to help divide your marital estate fairly and equitably. Our attorneys have handled marital estates involving investments in real property, retirement accounts and pensions, vested and unvested stock options, and marital businesses. We have also handled cases involving negative net worth, high debt to income ratio, and high credit card debt. With our past experience in business law, we have specific expertise in cases requiring the division of all types of businesses. Regardless of your situation, our trusted family law advisors will guide you towards a fair asset division.
While in the Courtroom, we zealously represent our clients. Fierce litigation, however, is often not the best way or the most cost effective way to resolve a divorce. We use active negotiation to reach out and work toward a resolution whenever appropriate. While cases may share similarities between them, the legal team at Meriwether & Tharp recognizes that each family, marriage, and divorce is unique and therefore requires a customized approach. You can rely on the experience of our lawyers with diverse backgrounds and experiences, connections to resources within the legal community, and creative thinking. Your team of trusted family law advisors can craft a strategy that is specific to your and your family's needs.
Meriwether & Tharp - Awards
2020 Superlawyers - 12 Attorneys Selected!Meriwether & Tharp had 12 lawyers selected as Super Lawyers for 2019
2019 Superlawyers - 14 Attorneys Selected!Meriwether & Tharp had 14 lawyers selected as Super Lawyers for 2019
Family Law Firm of the Year - USALawyer Monthly awarded us Family Law firm of the Year for the entire USA!
Inc. Magazine's 2019 5000 Fastest Growing CompaniesWe are extremely proud to announce that for the third consecutive year we have been named to Inc. 5000 magazines fastest growing private companies in America!
Inc. Magazine's 2018 5000 Fastest Growing CompaniesFor the second year in a row, M&T has been selected as one of the 5000 fastest growing companies in America. Only 1/3 of companies that earn Inc. 5000 status have ever been able to repeat!
Inc. Magazine's 2017 5000 Fastest Growing CompaniesM&T has been awarded the prestigious ranking of one of the nation's fastest 5000 growing private companies in America!
2016 Superlawyers - 4 Attorneys Selected!We were proud to have 4 attorneys selected by SuperLawyers in 2016.
2018 Superlawyers - 13 Attorneys Selected!Meriwether & Tharp had 13 lawyers selected as Super Lawyers for 2018
2017 Super Lawyers - 7 Attorneys Selected!Meriwether & Tharp had 7 lawyers selected as Super Lawyers for 2017
Law Firm 5002016, 2017, 2018, 2019 Law Firm 500 Honoree for being one of the top one-hundred fastest growing law firms in America. Nominations were made for exponential revenue growth coupled with sound financial standing, operational excellence and commitment to client service.
2019 Georgia Trend - Legal Elite AwardWe are proud to announce Lisa Marie Chambers was selected by Georgia Trend as Legal Elite.
2018 Georgia Trend- Legal Elite AwardWe are proud to announce 2 attorneys selected by Georgia Trend as Legal Elite.
2017 Georgia Trend - Legal Elite AwardWe are proud to announce 2 attorneys selected by Georgia Trend as Legal Elite.
2016 Georgia Trend - Legal Elite AwardWe are proud to announce 2 attorneys selected by Georgia Trend as Legal Elite.
"Best of" Kudzu - 5 years in a row!"Best of" winner from Kudzu - 5 years in a row!
Family Law Lawyer of the Year - USALawyer Monthly awarded Robert Tharp as the Family Law Lawyer of the Year.
9 attorneys with perfect 10.0 AVVO scores!Meriwether & Tharp has nine (9) attorneys with a perfect 10.0 score from AVVO.
Hiring a Divorce Lawyer
How do I Choose the Best Divorce Lawyer?
Don't just choose a lawyer based on advertisements. There's a lot more to it than that. You should speak to a few different attorneys and choose the one that listens to your goals for the divorce and gives you a realistic strategy or plan to achieve those goals. Don't forget to make absolutely sure you feel comfortable working with that particular attorney.
What do I Bring to My First Attorney Meeting?
It's best to think about and maybe even prepare for your first meeting with your divorce lawyer beforehand. Take a moment to write down your goals for the divorce. Write down several questions about things you are looking to learn. It's always wise to start thinking about your monthly budget for you and your kids.
Avoid These Common Divorce Mistakes
It can be easy to make costly mistakes in divorce since it's such an emotionally charged process that can make you act out of character at times. In the link below, we compiled our list of "Top 15 Common Divorce Mistakes to Avoid." Take a moment to review these mistakes so you can avoid making them yourself. Mistakes in divorce can lead to high costs or even a negative outcome.
How Much Does Divorce Cost?
When people ask, "exactly how much does a divorce cost?" It's difficult to quote them an exact amount. Each divorce is unique with different layers of complexity. Some divorcing couples have no children so there is no need to spend time and money fleshing out child support or child custody. On the other hand, some divorcing couples have multiple real estate properties, investment accounts and complex finances. Some of the factors that determine costs are in your control while others are not. Learn more about what factors contribute to the costs of divorce and how much.
How to Lower Divorce Costs & Save Money
While some of the costs of divorce will be outside of your control (for example: county filing fees), with others - you may be able take specific actions to bring costs down. You can save a lot of money on your divorce by learning how to communicate effectively with your lawyer and understanding exactly how their billing works. There are other cost saving actions and choices you can make as well. Divorce doesn't have to be extremely expensive if you know how to keep your costs down.
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.
Charlotte was incredible. She was highly professional, yet friendly. Her preparation was impeccable. And her presentation in court was masterful. If you are looking for an outstanding attorney, look no more. read more
Exceptional Firm Ryan was very patient and understanding and professional as he explained my options for a contempt case. Ryan put my mind at ease during such an emotional time in my life with my ex. Ryan was always available to take my calls and responded to my emails... read more
When I found myself in the unexpected and painful circumstances of a pending divorce, I had no idea what the process would entail. I was most fearful of the false accusations made by my ex-spouse and was concerned about the custody and well-being of my two young... read more
Michael represented me with my divorce case, he is an AWESOME attorney also an AWESOME person. He’s very attentive to the smallest of things or the biggest, Michael is caring and compassionate at what he does. Everything was always under control and taken care of with... read more
I am so thankful for everything Charlotte Ruble and her team did for me during this very difficult time in my life. Charlotte understood what I was going through and helped me with every step of the process. She came highly recommended and I’m extremely satisfied with... read more
I came to Meriwether & Tharp having made the difficult decision to terminate my marriage and after having heard of them through a reference on the radio. After the initial phone and office consults I felt that I had the right legal team to advise and represent me through... read more
Attorney Joann Sharp was professional and knowledgeable. Her services were Superb! She is definitely an zealous advocate for her clients. read more
Thank you Georgetta! When I retained Georgetta Glavis-Innis' services, I was still in shock and disbelief about the situation that I found myself in. Georgetta and her team were patient, responsive and wise in guiding me through the process. They were always available to... read more
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