At the law firm of Hackett & Wine, LLC we pride ourselves on aggressively advocating for every client.
It is important to us to treat each client as an individual and tailor our representation to meet that client's
specific needs. We strive to provide our clients with both the effective representation and empathy they need and
to specifically respond to the trying legal and personal situations they are facing. We value our clients' time
and resources and work hard to achieve the best possible result for each of our clients.
Every divorce brings a different set of facts and legal and practical circumstances. At Hackett & Wine,
our attorneys have depth of experience in dealing with a myriad of financial and custody circumstances.
We understand that divorce impacts all members of a family and we are careful to guide our clients through
the challenges they face toward the best and most reasonable outcome while preserving family relationships,
In Georgia, custody and visitation are determined by assessing the best interest of the child. Georgia law
breaks custody into two groupings: physical custody, which refers to where the children spend their physical
time and with what parent; and legal custody, which refers to communication between the parents and which parent
has the authority to make major decisions as they relate to the children.
Child support is determined by agreement of the parties or order of the court after being calculated on
a Child Support Worksheet. In order to determine the amount of child support that the non-custodial parent will pay
to the custodial parent, a number of figures are input into the child support worksheet, while the inputs vary
depending on the facts of the custodial situation, the spouses incomes, amount paid by a spouse for the child or
children's health insurance, and day-care or after-school care costs, if applicable, are nearly always factored into
the child support calculation.
Legitimation and Paternity are family law cases that can be pursued by a parent when a child is born to parents who
are not married. A paternity action is filed by the mother to a child, while and a legitimation action is filed by
the father to a child. Legitimation and paternity actions can be used to seek custody or visitation, to seek the
change of a child's name, and to allow a child and his or her father to be capable of inheriting from each other.
Legitimation and paternity actions provide fathers with rights and responsibilities with respect to their child.
They often also include the issue of financial support of the child, generally through a child support order.
When a party willfully fails to comply with or abide by an Order of the Court, such as a final decree, settlement
agreement, or parenting plan, the remedy is a citation of contempt. If a party does not timely pay alimony, or
child support, or does not abide by the division of property provisions laid out in a court order, the party in
willful non-compliance can be ordered to cooperate or face incarceration and/or payment of the other side's
Georgia law allows a party to modify an existing custody orders under certain circumstances as well modify as
alimony upward or downward if there has been a substantial change in the income or financial status of either party.
Once a party proves that there has been a substantial change in income or financial status, the Court will use its
discretion in these cases modify future agreements. Our experienced attorneys can guide you in determining whether a
modification of custody, alimony, and/or child support is appropriate given your particular situation.
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Paul | Legal Services
"Carrie A.Hackett represented me during my divorce. She was attentive, kind and extremely professional. I found her to be extremely easy to work with. She made the whole process very easy! I would highly recommend her to anyone needing thorough legal representation."
Tom | Divorce
"Ashley Wine is an attorney well equipped to navigate the often testy waters of domestic litigation. Ms. Wine possesses the proper mix of intellectual "know how", compassionate understanding, and tenacity. These traits prove sure in helping arrive at satisfied closure of my long, unnecessarily contentious legitimation, custody, and child support case. I strongly recommend Ms. Wine if you are in need of a well qualified, domestic relations attorney."
Ike | Domestic Litigation
"I never thought I would need a divorce attorney and was pleased with the service I received here. Carrie was very helpful and sensitive to my wishes and my daughters' needs. I would recommend Carrie Hackett for any legal need you have. "