If you are considering divorce or going through a family law matter, you are at an important turning point in your life. This is often a time of confusion and emotional stress and it can be difficult to make sensible decisions for yourself and your family. Hiring the right attorney is critical to the success of your case and maximizes your chances of winning. When your family needs an attorney, you can trust in the legal expertise of our firm to provide you with the best positive outcome.
Personalized Approach to Family Law in Carrollton, Ga.
At Moffitt Law, we believe that every family law matter is unique and we truly care about the people we serve. Our mission is to be your trusted proponent by taking on all of the heavy liftings in handling the aspects of your case so that you can deal with and take care of the personal pain that you are experiencing. Our attorneys handle an array of family law issues, including, but not limited to high-asset divorce, division of marital property, parental rights, and domestic violence.
Family Law Practice Areas
- Division of Property
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
Divorce Laws in Georgia
Getting divorced is never easy, but it doesn’t need to be about winners, losers, and large legal bills. With the assistance of our experienced attorneys, you can work out the terms of your divorce and help you make the best decisions for yourself and your family. Our firm handles both uncontested and contested divorce situations.
An uncontested divorce is also called a ‘no-fault’ divorce and occurs when a couple is able to agree on the majority of divorce terms which are settled through mediation and do not typically go to trial to be granted a final divorce decree. This option is often quicker than contested divorces and is more financially affordable.
However, if you and your spouse disagree and are arguing over some matter such as child custody, alimony, the division of property, or any combination of these items, and cannot resolve your differences through mediation, then a contested divorce will be necessary. It is very risky to attempt to handle a contested divorce situation without the help of a skilled trial lawyer.
Grounds for Divorce in Georgia
Historically, there has been a requirement in Georgia law for proving grounds of divorce. These grounds include adultery, abuse, desertion, impotency, and mental incapacity at the time of divorce among others. Present law requires that only one of the parties claim that the marriage is irretrievably broken which means is no hope that you and your spouse can save the marriage. This is referred to as a no-fault divorce, you need only prove that the marriage is broken beyond repair with no hope of reconciliation.
Alimony and Spousal Support in Georgia
In Georgia, alimony or spousal support is the money that is paid by one spouse to the other spouse. Alimony may last for a short time or long time and is usually awarded by the court only when a long-term marriage ends. Our experienced lawyers will help you plan the best course of action to take toward your alimony decision and help make a decision that you can live with long after your divorce is over.
Division of Marital Property in Georgia
Georgia is an equitable distribution state. It means the fair division of property and debt obligations when dividing marital property in a divorce. Marital property in Georgia is defined as “the property acquired as a direct result of labor and investment of the parties during the marriage”. Therefore, generally, any property that you owned prior to your marriage, but not transferred to your spouse will be considered as separate property.
Marital property includes: bank accounts, retirement benefits your automobile, furniture and even a business venture that was acquired during the marriage. But, in a divorce, an equitable division of all debts is also considered.
Child Custody and Visitation Laws in Georgia
When thinking about divorce, it can be hard not to worry about sharing parenting time with your spouse and what that will mean to the relationship with your children. The well-being of your children is more than often their most primary concern. But, regardless of who has custody, it is likely that the court order will allow you a generous opportunity to be involved in your children’s lives. With the help of our experienced attorneys, you can make sound decisions regarding the custody arrangement that is in the best interests of your offspring.
Child Support Laws in Georgia
Child support can be one of the most contentious issues during a divorce. At Moffitt Law, our attorneys are sensitive to the concerns of those clients who are paying child support and those who are recipients of child support payments. We represent both fathers and mothers in the Carrollton area in a large range of child support matters. Whether you need a child support order drafted or enforced, you need to make sure you have the legal representation you deserve.
Georgia has established Child Support Guidelines. These guidelines take into consideration the total gross income of both parents, the number of children, the amount of time spent with each parent, and any payments each parent contribute for work-related child care expenses and health insurance premiums for each child.
Call your Carrollton, Ga. Family Law Attorney Today
At Moffitt Law, we take an all-inclusive approach to family law matters to provide the best possible outcome for our clients. We bring a thorough knowledge of Georgia law and years of courtroom experience to each and every case. When you have a family law matter and need help, consult with one of our qualified attorneys to discuss the legal issues involved with your case.