Family law refers to the practice of helping an individual with a matter involving complicated family relationships. It can include divorces, mediation, child custody or child support issues, equitable division of property, adoption, paternity, and father’s rights legal matters.
The process of a divorce is inherently a tumultuous time full of many emotions, anxiety, and overwhelm. Along with navigating the emotional issues of a divorce, spouses must file specific paperwork with the court according to the state’s rules and procedures. The state of Georgia has particular requirements related to how one spouse may legally file a divorce or separation. Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, we help a spouse ensure that their legal rights are protected in the divorce process.
If you are considering a divorce from a spouse in the military, your divorce will pose unique challenges. Our experienced attorneys can help you understand where you should file for your military divorce as well as how the specific rules regarding military service members will impact your divorce from a military spouse, child support, and child custody matters.
In some cases, two married parties do not want to obtain a legal divorce, but would instead receive a legal separation under the law. We can help with a legal separation and ensure that your rights are protected.
In some cases, if the marriage was based on fraud or other specific legal instances, a marriage will be declared void retroactive to the date of the marriage. If deception, bigamy, fraud, or incapacity existed at the time of the marriage, our experienced attorneys can help you obtain an annulment and represent you throughout the annulment process.
One of the most challenging aspects of a divorce involves child custody arrangments. We understand that every family has its own set of dynamics, and every divorce deserves special treatment. Ultimately, your child deserves an environment that is stable and the right to a relationship with both parents. Child custody involves both legal and physical custody of a child. Legal custody is when a parent has the ability to make significant life decisions regarding a child, and physical custody is when a parent gets to spend actual time with the child. Most courts in the state of Georgia will award either primary custody to one parent or joint custody to both parents, depending on the circumstances and what is in the best interest of the child.
Child custody arrangements are critical as both parents play an essential role in a child’s life. We want to ensure that the parent-child relationship is stable and healthy, and help a parent retain time and custody of their child. In some cases, you may have jurisdictional issues between you and your spouse, and our law firm can help you with any problems related to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. Your relationship with your child is paramount, and our experienced attorneys will ensure that you receive the access and time with your children that you deserve. Visitation, parenting plans, relocations, custody issues for nonmarried parents, parental rights, and other matters are just some of the ways that child custody matters require an experienced attorney.
While child custody arrangements are significant, so are child support matters. The calculations for child support payments can be legally complex, and having an experienced attorney to help you through the process will ensure that the correct calculations are made to benefit your child. We also help any parent who decides that a child support modification order is necessary, or needs to have an existing child support order enforced by a court.
Alimony (Spousal Support)
In many divorces, spousal support (also known as alimony) is required to be paid from one spouse to another following a divorce or legal separation. Our law firm will work to ensure that your best interests are represented, and if necessary, modify an existing spousal support order.
The division of property within divorce is a complex legal undertaking. While the court will require equitable distribution of property between the spouses, the actual analysis and computation of the division of property can prove challenging. If you are a business owner or medical professional, your business or medical practice will need to be included in the division of property, causing unique financial challenges. We can help ensure that your legal rights are protected when it comes to the division of your property in a divorce.
In some cases, two spouses can make decisions about most of the significant issues in the divorce process except for a few. If two spouses are willing to go through the process of mediation, they may be able to save themselves both time and money. Mediation is a process where a third-party mediator helps encourage agreement and solutions regarding yet unresolved issues within a divorce such as a child custody matters, child support calculations, or the division of property. While mediation can prove less adversarial, it is crucial to have legal representation throughout the process to ensure your legal rights are represented in the mediation process.
We are interested in helping build strong, healthy families in Georgia. Our legal team can help your family grow through the adoption process for stepparents and relative adoptions as well as second-parent adoptions. When one biological parent is no longer in the picture, adoption gives legal standing to a parent-child relationship that is already strong and established.
There are many reasons a couple would want to create a prenuptial agreement before marriage. Our legal team can help you ensure that all of your legal rights are protected within a prenuptial agreement specifically tailored to your needs.
In many cases, after a divorce or other change in a family dynamic, many grandparents who had a strong relationship with their grandchildren are cut out of the lives of those children. In certain circumstances, grandparents will have the right under the law to see their grandchildren, and a court will order visitation. Our compassionate attorneys can help guide you through the steps you need to take as a grandparent to attempt to obtain a visitation schedule with your grandchildren.
Other Family Law Matters
Our experienced lawyers at the Bader Scott Law Firm can help you with any area of family law. We understand that family law matters inherently involve intense emotions, and our compassionate legal team wants to give you the peace of mind you need to ensure your legal rights are protected during your legal matter. Not only do we provide services regarding the areas of law listed above, but we also offer legal services related to prenuptial agreements, name changes, adult orders of protection, child orders of protection, contempt, post-judgment enforcement, and modifications, relocations following a divorce, modifications of any child support or child custody order, restraining orders and supervised visitation matters.
To discuss your unique family law matter with an experienced family law attorney today, contact the Bader Scott Law Firm at any one of our convenient Georgia locations or online for a free consultation.