Daniele Johnson & Associates


Zealous Pursuit of a Client’s Endeavors

January 9, 2018 | Comments (0)

Zealous Pursuit of a Client’s Endeavors . . . no matter the Consequences             Georgia Bar Rule 1.3 requires a lawyer to “act with reasonable diligence and promptness in representing a client.  Reasonable diligent . . . means that a lawyer shall not without just cause to the detriment of the client in effect willfully abandon or willfully disregard a legal matter entrusted to the lawyer”.  However, how should a lawyer conduct herself when the legal matter identified by the client and entrusted to the lawyer involves the pursuit of unrealistic expectations? The foundation of a solid attorney/client relationship is… Read More

New Year’s Resolution in September

September 8, 2017 | Comments (0)

If your plan is to kick the New Year off right by addressing that Family Law issue that has been on your mind all year long, now is the time to start. Court intervention does not happen overnight. It is a process that takes, at a minimum, 3 months.  Whatever the matter may be: divorce; modification of custody; legitimation, etc., there is a process that must be followed.  That process includes filing the petition…perfecting service…gathering information through the discovery process…and having a hearing. Believe it or not, a few of the Metro-Atlanta Counties have a waiting period for over 4… Read More

What Does Child Support Generally Cover?

May 23, 2017 | Comments (0)

Child Support is the legislator’s and court’s attempt to put children of unmarried or divorced parents in the same financial position as they would be if their parents were married. The intent is to take into consideration the cost of the child’s basic necessities, such as food, clothing and shelter. However, any parent would know that there are additional child rearing costs that can be extremely expensive, such as child care and health insurance. Of course, there is also the possibility of extraordinary expenses for health or education, such as, medical expenses due to a chronic illness or tutoring for… Read More

How Does Adultery Impact A Divorce Case?

May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

There is the statute that specifically states that one is absolutely barred from receiving alimony if adultery was committed AND the adultery was the cause of the breakdown of the marriage. You have a situation where the husband and wife are married. If the wife has an affair, and decides to leave the husband for the other man, she is statutorily barred, she cannot ask for alimony. She will not receive alimony, because under that scenario, it will be easy for the husband to show, it could affect that type of scenario. What Measures Can Someone Take To Counteract Non-Payment… Read More

How Long Does Someone Have To Pay Alimony?

May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Alimony payments depend on each case. One of the factors would be the recipient spouse is saying that he or she needs some sort of financial help from the soon-to-be-ex. For example, if a spouse can get back into the workforce in two to three years, then they are not going to need alimony anymore. The judge may say, “I am going to give him or her 2 to 3 years to get back on their feet until support is no longer needed”. Or in the case where there is a longer marriage, say over thirty years, and there is… Read More

What Is The Difference Between Alimony And Spousal Support?

May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

Those two terms are generally used interchangeably, but there is a difference between alimony and spousal support. Spousal support is usually awarded on a temporary basis and is intended to bridge the financial gap while the divorce is pending. Spousal support is intended to be used to pay for the marital expenses, such as, bills; utilities; mortgage; basic necessities for the receiving spouse; and other household expenses. A temporary award of attorney’s fees is also considered spousal support. Once the final divorce decree is issued, the spousal support is terminated. An award of alimony is made part of the final… Read More

Why Do I practice Family Law?

May 15, 2017 | Comments (0)

The decision to go into family law came at a rather young age for me when I was in eighth grade. I decided that I wanted to go to law school. I went to college, and I decided that I wanted to do something that was going to help families as I matured on my own through college life. Of course, once I did get to law school that is when I started concentrating my studies on the area of practicing family law. I have been working towards that goal of helping families ever since. What Are The Common Types… Read More

Choosing The Right Family Law Attorney

March 23, 2017 | Comments (1)

On one side are millions of people who are struggling with family issues such as divorce, custody, and child support. On the other side is peace of mind. In the middle is a woman on a mission. Attorney Daniele Johnson (www.djfamilylaw.com) has dedicated her professional expertise to helping clients through difficult times. Family law is one of the most comprehensive, dynamic and complex areas of the legal field. It is forever evolving and encompasses everything that is dear to us all. Most would agree that our drive and purpose in life is to provide for the financial and emotional well-being… Read More

Visions Anew Institute: In The Trenches

September 4, 2014 | Comments (0)

Daniele Johnson is one of the newest board members of the Visions Anew Institute. Since 1998, Visions Anew has been helping individuals through the many stages of divorce. Strategically designed to provide our participants with essential information needed to successfully navigate the treacherous waters of divorce, the Visions Anew board is comprised of several different professionals, including, attorneys; counsellors; CPAs; financial advisors; guardian ad litems; and graduates of the program. Unfortunately, most divorces are not amicable. Instead, the parties become entrenched in battle over custody of the children; a fair division of marital assets; or financial stability after the divorce… Read More

Guardian Ad Litem’s Rules of Professional Conduct

July 21, 2014 | Comments (2)

I was recently the lead counsel in a 3-day custody trial. Unfortunately, the opposing attorney and I could not agree on a guardian ad litem (GAL). Accordingly, the Court randomly selected one for us. Over 1 year later, without any word from the GAL and the GAL failing to respond to my phones calls and letters requesting the status of her investigation, I contacted the Court and got a court date. Three weeks immediately prior to that date, the GAL finally started to “investigate” the case. The investigation was incomplete, sloppy, and obviously rushed. The report was one-sided and riddled… Read More