Lawrenceville Family Blog

What Happens If I Miss ONE Court-Ordered Child Support Payment?

Court-ordered child support is a serious financial obligation. The state recognizes a child’s right to be financially supported by both parents, even if they are no longer together. Missing child support payments can result in severe consequences if the problem is ongoing or frequent.  Missing a single child support payment does not typically result in… read more

Can Divorced Couples Still Live Together?

Some divorce cases are incredibly heated. The spouses may be at odds about every detail of their divorce. Child custody, spousal support, child support, and property division can be contentious issues to resolve. However, some couples are amicable during a divorce. They agree to the settlement terms, so there is no fight. A couple may… read more

Do Georgia Courts Favor Mothers When Awarding Child Custody?

Many parents wonder who will get child custody in a contested battle. Does the court prefer mothers over fathers? Or do they have equal rights?  Today’s laws are very different than they were in the past when the “tender years doctrine” was the reigning policy across the nation. Under this principle, it was assumed that… read more

How To Have a Peaceful and Easy Divorce

Whenever most people think about divorce, they imagine the clichéd, messy split, one full of fights and drama. However, it’s important to point out that divorce doesn’t have to be an ugly and stressful process. There are ways in which you can try to cultivate a peaceful divorce, making it easier for you and your… read more

5 Important Questions You Should Ask Your Divorce Lawyer

Those beginning the divorce process will have many questions to start with. Whether you are filing for divorce or have been served with divorce papers, the process can be emotionally stressful and overwhelming.  To ease your anxiety, ask several key questions during your initial consultation with a Georgia divorce attorney. Five important questions to ask… read more

Can I Sue My Spouse for Defamation During a Divorce in Georgia?

Typically, a divorce is not a simple process. Even consensual divorces can be challenging to pull off. Too often, however, divorces get ugly, and accusations start to fly.  In many cases, the accusations are untrue or grossly exaggerated. One spouse might falsely accuse the other spouse of domestic violence, for example, to gain an advantage… read more

What Is a Gavron Warning?

The “Gavron warning” is a legal concept relating to spousal support (“alimony”) that originated in California family law. Read on to learn more about what a Gavron warning is and the potential impact it may have on your family law case. How Alimony Works Spousal support attempts to confront the fact that divorcing spouses do… read more

How Does In-Home Separation Work in Georgia?

In some states, you must legally separate from your spouse for a specified period as a condition for even a no-fault divorce. Georgia has no such formal requirement.  Nevertheless, there are legal reasons why a couple that plans to divorce might maintain an “in-home separation” household prior to filing for divorce. It is important that… read more

What Should I Do if My Spouse Refuses To Move Out During My Divorce?

You’ve lived in the same home as your spouse since your wedding night–and now you’re getting divorced. Most spouses would find it very, very awkward to remain living in the marital home together during divorce proceedings.  It gets even more awkward if you have children. Indeed, one of your disputes might center on “who gets… read more

What Are the Penalties for Violating a Parenting Plan in Georgia?

Parents in Georgia are encouraged to develop parenting plans and visitation schedules that are in the best interest of their children. Unless a parent is unfit or there is a reason to restrict contact, the courts prefer to see plans that promote continued and frequent contact between parents and their children.  If the parents cannot… read more