Lawrenceville Family Blog

Is My Ex-Spouse Allowed to Take Our Child Out of the Country?

Going through a divorce is never easy, and it’s even more emotional when you have a child. Even after the divorce process is over, you still have to interact with your ex-spouse. You will likely have to work together to make major decisions for your child.  But what if your ex-spouse wants to take your… read more

Divorcing A Narcissist: Tips, Tools, And What To Expect

The divorce process can be emotionally draining and painful. Even when spouses agree to an uncontested divorce, ending a marriage can be a traumatic experience. When one of the spouses is a narcissist, seeking a divorce can be more traumatic and stressful for the other spouse.  What Is a Narcissist? Your spouse may have narcissistic… read more

How to File For Legal Separation in Georgia

Strictly speaking, Georgia law does not recognize a formal legal separation. It does, however, provide actions for “separate maintenance.” A couple who files for separate maintenance can remain separated indefinitely, or a spouse can file for divorce at some point. Continue reading to learn more. Why Not Just Divorce? There are several common reasons ‌couples… read more

What Happens if I Don’t Pay Alimony in Gwinnett County, GA?

When parties divorce in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the court may have included an order that one party pays the other alimony or spousal support. If that is the case, then the party ordered to pay alimony must make the payments as detailed in the court order. Failure to make the payments required by the order… read more

What Are the 4 Types of Alimonies in Georgia?

Georgia’s four types of alimony are temporary, permanent, periodic, and lump sum alimony. Each type of spousal support is based on different criteria. Alimony payments may be direct cash payments to the ex-spouse, or the alimony may be paid in non-cash payments, such as making mortgage payments.  What Are the Types of Spousal Support Granted… read more

What is a Subpoena?

Family law disputes may include matters related to divorce, custody, property division, paternity, and spousal support. Unfortunately, the parties often disagree about how the matter should be resolved. The result is litigation through the court.  Subpoenas are valuable tools used to gather information about a case. They may also be used to obtain evidence and… read more

How to Request a Psychological Evaluation in Your Child Custody Case

Georgia law gives judges the authority to order a psychological evaluation in child custody cases. Judges make custody decisions based on a child’s best interest. However, a psychological evaluation provides vital information that helps the judge decide custody matters in some cases. Interested parties may request a psychological evaluation in a custody case, including either… read more

Does Georgia Recognize Common Law Marriage?

People talk a lot about common law marriage, but only a few states recognize them. The state of Georgia only recognizes common law marriages from before January 1, 1997. It also recognizes common law marriages entered into before this date are valid. The same is true of common law marriages from other states. What is… read more

Can You Kidnap Your Own Child in Georgia?

Yes, under certain circumstances, you can kidnap your own child in Georgia. Parental kidnapping is a common form of child abduction, especially in disputed custody battles. A parent can be prosecuted for parental kidnapping if they take their child from the other parent without legal custody or a court order. A parent may kidnap their… read more

What is the Difference Between Divorce and Legal Separation?

When spouses want to end a marriage, they have a few different legal options. Divorce is the most common route to permanently dissolve the marriage. However, some circumstances make divorce an undesirable or impractical option.  Legal separation is an alternative that offers many of the benefits of divorce, but it also keeps certain legal arrangements… read more