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Divorce 101: How Is Child Custody Determined in Georgia?

When parents are separating or divorcing in Georgia, the ideal outcome is that they make their own custody arrangement, one that meets the needs of the entire family. If this can’t happen due to hostility between the parents, the court will have to step in. Many fathers dread this prospect because they assume that mothers have an advantage when it comes to custody, especially if the children are younger. While Read More

Know Your Rights: What to Do if Your Landlord Isn’t Taking Care of Your Apartment or Rental Home

When you moved into your new apartment in Atlanta, it was bright, clean, and all appliances were in good working order. Over time, however, you soon realized that your landlord was not too concerned about upkeep. It took him weeks to repair the leaking kitchen faucet and now the lock on the door to your unit won’t work properly. Every apartment or rental home in the state comes with an implied warranty of Read More

Immigration Basics: Understanding the “Green Card”

For many newcomers, obtaining their green card takes them one step closer to their dream of American citizenship. When you have a green card, you are a legal permanent resident who can live and work in the United States. Other benefits include: Applying for U.S. citizenship after five years Sponsoring relatives to join you in the U.S. Becoming eligible for Social Security benefits after working for at Read More

Break the News: 4 Tips to Compassionately Tell Your Kids That You’re Getting Divorced

Perhaps the pressure is gone and… perhaps you’re confident about your decision to file for divorce. You and your spouse have been unhappy for a while, and both of you agree that being apart is best. What you’re probably not looking forward to is the necessary conversation with the kids regarding the divorce; the process, the pros and yes, even the cons. It is normal for parents to want to shield their children Read More

Bringing Your Loved Ones to America: A Brief Guide to the K Visa

They say that love has no boundaries, but when you are a U.S. citizen in love with a foreign national, there are some immigration formalities that you’ll need to observe before your fiancé(e) or spouse can join you or remain with you in the United States. The K-1 Visa The K-1 is a nonimmigrant visa that was specially created to facilitate the entry of foreign-born fiancé(e)s into the United States. Its sole Read More

What You Need to Know About Temporary Protective Orders

If you have been a victim of family violence and are sincerely afraid of your spouse, former spouse, current or former domestic partner, or close family member, you should file for a Temporary Protective Order (TPO). These orders can help keep you safe as you seek to reclaim your future. How to Obtain a Temporary Protective Order O.C.G.A. §19-13-3 specifies the guidelines for protective orders in Georgia. If Read More

Understanding the Difference Between Willful and Not Willful Contempt

In Georgia, contempt of court refers to actions that disobey a court order, disrupt courtroom proceedings, or are otherwise disrespectful toward the court. Contempt actions in family law generally result from nonpayment of alimony or child support or failing to abide by the terms of a child custody and visitation order. If a person is found in contempt they can be subjected to civil and criminal penalties such Read More

The Joys of Fatherhood: How to Thrive as a Divorced Dad

When your divorce was in progress, your main concerns were how the marital estate would be divided, whether or not you would have to pay spousal support and, above all, how much time you would get with the kids. Now that the Final Judgment and Divorce Decree have been entered, you have the answers to those questions. The uncertainty is over, and it’s time to start thriving as a divorced dad. But how do you go Read More

When You Have Elephants for Neighbors: 4 Things to Know About the Covenant to Quiet Enjoyment

When you rent your home, you will likely run into inconveniences now and again. In some cases the problems will be minor annoyances, like the neighbor’s baby crying until sunrise or speeding vehicles hurtling past the property, motor screaming. Other times there will be serious issues, such as a landlord who violates your right to privacy or fails to make repairs. In any event, you need to understand how your right Read More

5 Ways to Protect Your Kids During a Family Law Matter

Divorce can be an emotional minefield, but when you have children, the stakes go up. Children of any age, from toddlers to teenagers, can be negatively affected when their parents split up. While there is no one simple solution for protecting your kids through the divorce process, there are ways that you and your spouse can work together to make the process easier for them. 1.   Protect them from conflict as much Read More