Daniele Johnson & Associates


Getting a Restraining Order: Seek Help from a Domestic Violence Attorney

July 24, 2020 | Comments (0)

When someone hurts you, whether that’s through physical or verbal abuse, you may want to get a restraining order against them. This legal document forces the person to stay away from you so they can’t hurt you again. If they violate this order, there will be serious consequences in court. Wondering if you need one or how to get one? Read on and then contact our domestic violence attorney – we’ve got the information you’re looking for. When to Get a Restraining Order Anytime someone abuses you, you can get a restraining order against them. Common episodes of abuse include:… Read More

What’s the Difference Between a Separate Maintenance Agreement and Divorce?

June 20, 2020 | Comments (0)

When two partners decide to end their relationship, there are several ways to go about it. The available options can vary depending on the legal status of the relationship. Two options for legally married couples include: a separate maintenance agreement or a divorce. They are quite different choices and which one is right for you will vary based on several factors. Here is more information about these two choices to help you make a decision. What is a Separate Maintenance Agreement? Separate maintenance is for couples who wish to separate, but not legally divorce. This allows for one spouse to… Read More

6 Signs It’s Time to Call a Divorce Attorney in Atlanta

May 24, 2020 | Comments (0)

After putting in the work to try and salvage a loveless relationship, or to fight to a love that perseveres, coming to the decision to file for divorce can be a heavy one for anybody. One of the most important things to keep in mind is to not beat yourself up for making the decision to call a divorce attorney in Atlanta. Depending on the situation and circumstances, divorces are often painful experiences for both spouses, as the time for reconciliation has come, and you are left to take a long, hard look at what worked and what didn’t in… Read More

Top 5 “Must-Dos” to Secure the Best Divorce Lawyers in Atlanta

April 24, 2020 | Comments (0)

There are hundreds of divorce lawyers proudly serving the community, and many claim to be the best divorce lawyers in Atlanta. How do you seek out who is actually telling the truth? A divorce is never fun and often even less easy. Depending on the relationship, you could be facing a major financial or asset loss if you pick the wrong lawyer. Securing the best divorce lawyers in Atlanta may seem like a challenge with the plethora of options, but there are some tips and tricks to keep in mind that will help you determine who to trust with your… Read More

What is Separate Maintenance and Is It Right for Me?

March 26, 2020 | Comments (0)

Having a relationship come to an end is never an enjoyable experience. There are many hurt feelings for both parties and it can be hard to make the decision to separate. It becomes even more difficult when you begin to consider the financial ramifications of losing an income partner. Luckily, in today’s world, there are a variety of ways to end a relationship without having to sacrifice your current standard of living. One such method is called separate maintenance. Today, we’re exploring this option, how it differs from divorce, and why it might be right for you. Let’s dig in.… Read More

What is Domestic Arbitration?

February 19, 2020 | Comments (0)

Domestic arbitration is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It allows for the involved parties to resolve their dispute outside of court. These parties will have more control over the process and are able to appoint their own arbiter who will hear the case and decide the outcomes. These outcomes are called “awards” and are legally binding, meaning they are enforceable in court. The Process Arbitration is often confused with mediation. Both involve settling disputes via a third party outside of court, but mediation does not represent a binding agreement the way arbitration does and the mediator does not… Read More

Common Myths to Ask Your Atlanta Prenup Lawyer About

January 22, 2020 | Comments (0)

A prenuptial agreement is defined by Oxford as “an agreement made by a couple before they marry concerning the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail.” This can apply to financial assets as well as property and copyrights. Essentially, it predetermines what will happen to each party’s assets should the marriage, unfortunately, come to an end. Alternatively, a couple can choose to make this agreement even after they’ve married. This is called a “postnuptial agreement” or “postmarital agreement”. It is equally as valid as a prenuptial agreement (often referred to in shorthand as a “prenup”) but may be… Read More

What to Consider When Looking for the Top Family Law Attorneys

December 22, 2019 | Comments (0)

Your divorce, child custody battle or grandparent visitation pursuit are all sensitive endeavors with unique features and nuances that demand expert attention. To get the best legal advice for such an important situation, you’ll want to seek out the top family law attorneys in your area. What may seem like a daunting task, especially in the face of so many other emotional challenges, can actually be quite simple if you know what to look for and the right questions to ask. Let’s take a look at some considerations to keep in mind when looking for the top family law attorneys… Read More

All You Need to Know About Establishing Legitimation in GA 

December 8, 2019 | Comments (0)

  The modern family has changed from the traditional family structure that used to dominate history. Typical families today are made up of a loving blend of caregivers, partners, step children and step parents, extended family, new spouses and old spouses, and anyone else who finds family through love rather than blood. Unfortunately, in the eyes of Georgia law, love does not guarantee parental rights, which is why establishing legitimation in GA is a crucial step to anyone seeking official fatherhood. What is Legitimation? Under Georgia law, any man who is unmarried at the time of their child’s birth is… Read More

Crucial Signs You Need to Hire a Child Custody Attorney 

November 18, 2019 | Comments (0)

  Whether you’re going through a divorce or facing a difficult family situation, the process of determining child custody is a pressure-filled, emotional journey. In such intense scenarios, it’s natural to second-guess nearly every decision, worried it might somehow make a bad situation worse. However, there are crucial signs to keep an eye out for that could indicate it’s time to hire a child custody attorney. If you’re noticing these signs, don’t second-guess yourself and don’t hesitate to hire a child custody attorney. In any case, it’s another person in your corner available to offer advice and a clear head… Read More

What If I Don’t Hire a Prenup Lawyer? 

November 4, 2019 | Comments (0)

Prenuptial agreements, also known as “prenups,” are legally binding contracts put in place before marriage to protect assets for both parties. Regardless of status or wealth, having a predetermined agreement in place can ease tensions down the line in the event of divorce, since the division of assets has already been decided and agreed upon. With the complexities involved in any prenuptial contract, deciding to not hire a prenup lawyer can put yourself at risk down the line. Each state has different laws pertaining to prenuptial agreements. Unless you’re familiar with your state’s specific stipulations and feel totally comfortable interpreting… Read More

Why You Should Be Honest with Your Family Law Attorney

October 20, 2019 | Comments (0)

There are several reasons you may find yourself working with a family law attorney. Whether you’re pursuing grandparent visitation rights or trying to establish legitimation or paternity, it can be a sensitive time for everyone involved. The goal of a family law attorney is to see all parties succeed through a mutually beneficial agreement, and achieving this goal is made easier when all parties are completely open and honest throughout the process. Any time you’re dealing with family law, emotions are bound to run high and become intertwined with the agreements being discussed. Though, there are things you can do… Read More

Top Financial Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Attorney

October 6, 2019 | Comments (0)

No one goes into a marriage prepared for it to end, though many people in the United States go through a divorce at some point in their lives. It tends to be a slow burn that occurs from a variety of different factors, like race, religion, finances, infidelity or lack of communication. When facing a divorce, there can be a million questions racing through your mind, making it difficult to think clearly and ask your divorce attorney the important questions. It’s normal to feel protective and defensive throughout the course of a divorce, especially when it comes to your finances.… Read More

10 Important Questions About Collecting Child Support, Answered by a Family Lawyer

September 23, 2019 | Comments (0)

Child support is court-ordered payments, normally required from a noncustodial parent as part of a divorce or legal separation process, for the financial support of a minor child, intended to protect a child from the financial ramifications of his or her parents’ separation or divorce. The support is for use to provide a child with necessities such as food, shelter, education and childcare, and nonessentials that the child was accustomed to as part of his or her lifestyle while the parents were married. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Collecting Child Support Here are answers to some of the most… Read More

10 Important Things to Know About Prenups

September 9, 2019 | Comments (0)

Prenuptial agreements have become increasingly common in American marriages. Nowadays, most couples understand the practical benefits for both spouses that a prenup can provide. Prenups enable couples entering a marriage to define and categorize assets, financials, and other future concerns. While you and your fiancé are planning for your financial future, here are some things you should know about prenups: What is a Prenuptial Agreement? A prenup is a legal document that engaged couples sign prior to getting married, which sets forth their formal agreement on the division of assets and obligations in the event of a divorce or death… Read More

When Do I Need to Talk to a Family Divorce Lawyer?

August 25, 2019 | Comments (0)

When a marriage is nearing its end, it can be tough to deal with the combined stress of life following the divorce and the emotional trauma of the divorce itself. For couples that weren’t anticipating a separation, it can be even tougher to navigate what the next steps should be. If you are considering divorcing your partner, there are likely many questions that you have. Hiring a professional, experienced Daniele Johnson & Associates divorce lawyer can help you find the answers you need to move forward.   What Is a Divorce Lawyer? A divorce lawyer is an attorney that specializes… Read More

What Is a Prenuptial Agreement and How Does It Work?

August 11, 2019 | Comments (0)

Couples desiring to avoid potential property and financial disputes may choose to make a prenuptial agreement, or “prenup”. While you may be hesitant to make a prenup due to its stigma, the fact remains that making a prenup can work wonders for securing you and your partner’s financial future.   What Is a Prenup? A prenup is a written contract created by a couple prior to getting married. A prenup details how a couple divides finances in the event of a divorce, along with the assets that each spouse owns either separately or jointly. A prenup also includes information about marital… Read More

5 Essential Questions You Must Ask Your Atlanta Family Law Attorney

July 21, 2019 | Comments (0)

Family law cases are especially complex, due to the pervasive personal and financial entanglements inherent in family relationships. The family court’s decision brings life changes that will affect you and your family for many years to come. Having an experienced family law attorney helps protect your interests and ensure the best possible outcome for you and your children. Before you hire a family law attorney in Atlanta to handle your case, it’s important to know the details behind your case and who you’re choosing to represent you. Having this information will help you identify the right attorney for your specific… Read More

Tips for Hiring a Family Law Attorney in Atlanta

July 7, 2019 | Comments (0)

Family legal matters are especially sensitive, can be complicated, and highly stressful. There’s a lot at stake, and you must ensure that the needs of your family members are met. Legal issues involving close relationships have unique complications that must be resolved, and hiring a family law attorney is the best way to handle them. When you work with an experienced attorney you’re ensuring that the rights of your family are protected In instances such as a divorce, there may be property divisions, custody issues, child support, visitation rights, spousal support, and other complex matters to sort out. Your Atlanta… Read More

Tips to Help You Choose the Best Paternity Lawyer in Atlanta

June 26, 2019 | Comments (0)

If you find your child’s paternity in question, you can go through an official process to verify the identity of the father – and seek the support your child deserves. To move through this process with ease, it is in your best interest to hire a skilled and experienced paternity lawyer. Finding the right paternity lawyer in Atlanta is easier said than done, however, as there are many professionals to consider. To narrow down your options, use these helpful tips on how to choose the best paternity lawyer. Seek Compassion and Professionalism Proving paternity of your child can make life… Read More

What Is the Difference Between Establishing Paternity vs. Legitimation in Georgia?

June 10, 2019 | Comments (1)

There is frequently some confusion regarding the difference between paternity and legitimation in the state of Georgia. However, the two have distinct definitions according to Georgia courts. Differences According to the Georgia Court of Appeals In Ghrist v. Fricks et al., 219 Ga. App. 415 (1995), the Georgia Court of Appeals details that paternity and legitimation are two separate concepts. Specifically, the decision makes it clear that the father’s biological connection to a child doesn’t guarantee the right to petition for the legitimation of a child. Instead, the court determines what is in the best interest of the child prior to granting… Read More

Why You Might Consider Filing for Separate Maintenance Over Divorce

May 13, 2019 | Comments (0)

Divorce is oftentimes a difficult and tedious process for everyone involved. While a divorce may be appropriate in many cases, separate maintenance or divorce mediation could be a better option for others. You may feel overwhelmed by the many processes available. With the help of the attorneys at Daniele Johnson & Associates in Atlanta, you can gain a complete understanding of the process and take comfort in knowing that you’re making the right decision for both you and your family. The Benefits of Filing for Separate Maintenance vs. Divorce There are several reasons why you might want to consider legal… Read More

Three Reasons To Begin Your Engagement With A Prenup Lawyer

March 25, 2019 | Comments (0)

There has been an increasing call for prenups in the past decades. Millennials marry later than their parents did so they’re likely to have more assets and debt by the time they get married. As a result, many couples recognize hiring a prenup lawyer as an opportunity to lay the most stable financial groundwork for their marriage and any future children. Having a prenup eliminates potential pressure on the relationship from unnecessary financial uncertainties. Experts recommend first discussing a prenup prior to becoming engaged. This discussion gives you and your fiance time to talk about the idea and come to… Read More

When to Consider Child Support Modification

February 25, 2019 | Comments (1)

Once all the details of the child support order are laid out, returning with a modification request can feel daunting. In fact, the nerve-wracking uncertainty of not knowing what the courts will order can prevent you from making this important step. If you have experienced significant changes recently, it is likely in the best interest of your child and family to request modification of the child support order, however. You can prepare yourself to go into this process with confidence by learning about the top reasons to consider this request. With this information in hand, you can reach out to… Read More

Atlanta Divorce Lawyer Daniele Johnson Opening Second Office Off Marietta Square

January 25, 2019 | Comments (0)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 25, 2019 Daniele Johnson & Associates 3350 Riverwood Parkway Suite 1900 Atlanta, GA  30339 Atlanta Divorce Lawyer Daniele Johnson Opening Second Office Off Marietta Square Rapid Increase in Legal Cases Requires Additional Space to Continue to Meet Clients Needs Atlanta, GA: Atlanta Divorce Lawyer Daniele Johnson of Daniele Johnson & Associates announced today that she is opening a second location off Marietta Square on Friday, February 1, 2019. Ms. Johnson intends to keep her Atlanta-based office located in the Cumberland area but will spend most of her time serving clients at the new office in Marietta. Current… Read More

3 Reasons to Consider a Prenup

December 13, 2018 | Comments (1)

When people first heard of prenuptial agreements, the general consensus was that they were unromantic and only for the rich and famous. However, that began to change as more people started second or third marriages later in life and came into the union with considerable assets and children from previous relationships they wanted to provide for financially. With a high divorce rate for all marriages, even people getting married for the first time are seeing the value in prenuptial agreements. When you get a divorce without a prenuptial agreement in place, Georgia laws dictate the division of assets and liabilities.… Read More

What is Covered Under Family Law?

November 14, 2018 | Comments (1)

As a lawyer with more than 20 years of service, Daniele Johnson & Associates assists clients who need to make some type of legal change in their family. Below is a brief description of the family law services we offer. Divorce Divorce is often complicated as couples must decide important issues including child custody, child support, and alimony, if applicable, and division of assets and debts. It is even more difficult when they do not agree. People sometimes do not understand that the decisions and actions they make during their divorce proceedings are legally binding and require a court order… Read More

Establishing Paternity in Georgia

October 5, 2018 | Comments (2)

If paternity is not clearly established, the Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) has to conduct paternity testing before moving forward with custody or child support cases. As of 2015, this step is legally required. So that you know what to expect in this type of situation, here’s a look at establishing paternity in Georgia.   Genetic Testing The most straightforward way to establish if a man is the biological father of a child is to use genetic testing. Paternity tests in Georgia cost $22 each, and the total cost is $66. That’s $22 each for the father, mother, and… Read More

Child Custody: Which Type is Best for Your Family?

September 10, 2018 | Comments (0)

As an experienced child custody attorney, Daniele Johnson knows that your entire family is facing difficult circumstances. If you expect a legal battle for custody of your children as part of your divorce process, it’s essential that you first understand the different types of child custody. This will allow you to try to secure the custody arrangement most beneficial to your children.   The Four Different Types of Physical Custody When you meet with your child custody attorney, she will ensure that you understand the variations of physical custody and then work with you to fight for the best possible… Read More

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 (1)

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; counselors; 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

Daniel Johnson gets published in the Family Law Review

February 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

Daniele Johnson’s article in the Family Law Review: The Family Law Review Article

Immigration Reform and Child Custody

February 9, 2014 | Comments (0)

No matter what your stance is on the issue, the status of this country’s immigration laws are extremely controversial. The current law of the land states that if you are born here, you are automatically an American citizen. If you are here illegally, you are living with the constant threat of deportation. One of the many issues surrounding this debate is “what happens to the children who are born in this country to one parent who is here illegally?” This very specific issue is beginning to cross into the realm of the practice of family law. In contested custody cases, Courts are… Read More

Blurred Lines: Protecting the Best interest of Children

January 21, 2014 | Comments (0)

In contested child custody cases, judges are given the task of deciding what is in the best interest of children. This is typically done by first considering the evidence presented by the attorneys of the respective clients and the recommendation of a guardian ad litem. The guardian is usually an attorney appointed to represent the best interest of the child. I recently had somewhat of a heated conversation with an opposing attorney about how our roles are defined. In this highly contested custody case, I represent the mother; the opposing attorney represents the father; and the child has been appointed… Read More

Domestic Violence Divorce

January 2, 2014 | Comments (0)

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DIVORCE I recently had a negative review posted against me on www.avvo.com. I will not reply to the specific allegations of this client because I do not wish to say anything that may jeopardize her pending case and her upcoming temporary hearing. If you are living in a cycle of domestic violence, PLEASE READ THIS IN ITS ENTIRETY. “Carrie” is scared, angry, and is obviously lashing out. However, I am a professional and I’m choosing to take this opportunity to reach others. I truly wish the best for Carrie, but there are several lessons you can learn from her… Read More


August 1, 2013 | Comments (1)

I had a breath of fresh air walk through my door recently. The potential client told me that he believed that his ex-girl friend was pregnant with his child. He had already gone to another attorney and had spoken to several of his friends. The attorney told him that there was nothing he could do until either she decides to initiate a paternity suit against him or he initiates a legitimation action once the child was born. His friends told him to ignore her and treat her badly enough so that she would want nothing to do with him or… Read More

Pilots Are Fathers Too

May 16, 2013 | Comments (0)

The life of an airline pilot revolves around his work schedule. This work schedule is not the typical 9-5 routine. Instead, the dates and times he is required to travel wildly fluctuates from week to week. This reality becomes even more difficult for a pilot who is going through a divorce involving children. The attorneys and courts are faced with the daunting task of creating a parenting schedule that would have the least impact on the pilot’s parenting time while giving the pilot the flexibility his employment requires and the co-parent the predictability she desires. Pilots are fathers too. They… Read More

Legal Separation

April 1, 2013 | Comments (0)

In the last six months, I have had two potential clients tell me that they have been advised by either an attorney or marriage counselor that there is no such thing as a legal separation in the State of Georgia. Please do not believe this rumor. Truth be told, either spouse may file a separate maintenance action against the other. The petition can ask for things, such as, alimony; possession of the marital residence; custody; visitation; and child support. If the parties are unable to reach an agreement on such matters, the Court will hear the evidence; decide these issues for them; and… Read More

What is a Settlement Mill?

February 6, 2013 | Comments (0)

The term Mill is used in the legal community to describe a law firm that is operated with an unhealthy emphasis on profit by accepting as many clients as possible. These firms generally have an extremely high number of open cases and lack the staff necessary to provide their clients with the care and attention they deserve. The clients of these firms are left with an unprepared attorney; inadequate representation; lack of communication with the attorney; and unfavorable results in their cases. Many times, the Mill will churn as many billable hours from the client just before withdrawing from the… Read More

New Year’s Resolutions

January 3, 2013 | Comments (0)

A New Year’s resolution is a commitment one makes to him or herself to achieve a personal goal by a date certain. The first of the year is the perfect time to make the personal commitment to begin to live the life you deserve. Whether you achieve that goal by filing for divorce to end a marriage in which you are unhappy; filing a separate maintenance action in an effort to work on reconciliation; deciding to provide a better life for your child by seeking primary custody; requesting a modification of child support so that you can enjoy your hard-earned… Read More

Upward Modification Of Child Support

October 18, 2012 | Comments (0)

A non-custodial parent’s failure to exercise his or her parenting time may warrant an upward modification of child support. Courts reason that if the non-custodial parent is not exercising the parenting time, the child is spending more time with the custodial parent and that parent is incurring more expenses to provide for the child. If you are in this situation, begin keeping detailed records of when the non-custodial parent exercises his or her right to parenting time. Keep a diary or calendar of when the parenting time is and is not exercised. Email the non-custodial parent periodically to inquire whether… Read More

Domestic Violence in Georgia

October 16, 2012 | Comments (0)

According to the Georgia Commission on Family Violence, Georgia Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 962 Georgia citizens lost their lives due to domestic violence in the last seven years. Georgia was recently ranked 10th in the nation for its rate of men killing women by the Violence Policy Center. In 43% of the cases studied through Georgia’s Domestic Violence Fatality Review Project, children were present during the domestic violence killing. Many women feel compelled to remain in an abusive marriage because they feel trapped. Often times, the abuser has emotionally devastated the victim to the point that she lives in a… Read More

A great atricle from “Ask Margot”

September 25, 2012 | Comments (0)

Dear Margot, I have been in an abusive marriage to a physician for 15 years. I have only been actually hit three or four times, and he is always remorseful. I’ve stayed married for the kids, but now my son is treating me more and more disrespectfully – like his Dad. I must break this pattern and divorce. The problem is, I’m only given an allowance to cover household expenses. I know nothing about our finances. I don’t have money for a lawyer. How man I escape this trap? -Lady Mouse Dear Lady, Your situation is frightening. When all the… Read More