We understand that family law issues such as divorce and child custody disputes are emotional and require detail-oriented care. At Hackett & Wine, LLC, we pride ourselves on having the ability to handle complex family law issues without losing sight of the details that mean the most to our clients. If you have a family law issue whether it be questions about proceeding with a divorce, a child custody or child support issue, or an issue with non-payment of child support, call us for a free initial consultation. We will take the time to talk with you about you unique facts and how Georgia law may apply to your particular situation. We will do our best to provide you with details about what you can expect through the process of family law litigation.
Our team of family law attorneys at Hackett & Wine, LLC understands that you are going through an emotional time and are dealing with very serious matters. We make all efforts to work in a cooperative and amicable manner to achieve the most beneficial outcome for your particular situation. When cooperation and negotiation fail, our aggressive and dedicated lawyers advocate on your behalf in contested trials in Court, where we have extensive experience. We are driven to obtain the most positive and beneficial results for our clients, under their unique circumstances.
The domestic relations branch of our firm handles practice areas including but not limited to the following:
Divorce and Separate Maintenance
– Dissolving a marriage, especially a long term marriage or a marriage with children, can be legally and emotionally difficult. Although Georgia is a “no fault” state, Georgia courts still require extensive paperwork before they will finalize a divorce. If you are considering moving forward with the divorce process, contact one of our experienced family law attorneys today.
– A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into prior to marriage by the people intending to marry that lays out the division of property and spousal support in the event the parties ultimately divorce. Pre-nuptial agreements have not always been recognized in the United States and may not protect your interests without careful drafting and execution. Because Courts do not always recognize these agreements, it is important to have a seasoned family law attorney draft this type of agreement.
Child Custody, Visitation and Support
– In Georgia, there are two types of child custody: legal custody, which is custody over decisions affecting a child’s health, religion, education, and extracurricular choices; and physical custody, which involves parent actual physical control and time spent with the child. Custody is determined in Georgia by looking at the best interests of the child or children in question. If you have questions about your custodial rights, we will happily meet you to discuss the law and your options.
Spousal Support and Alimony
– In Georgia, either party may receive alimony or spousal support as long as he or she is not guilty of adultery or desertion. Georgia Judges have moved away from awarding substantial sums of alimony over long periods of time. However, spousal support is still available and often awarded in cases where the marriage was long and there is a substantial disparity in the earning potentials of each party. Contact us today to retain us to fight for the spousal support you need and deserve.
– After a divorce is finalized, there are often times where one or both parties do not follow the Settlement Agreement or Divorce Decree. If one or both of the parties fail to follow the court’s order, he or she may be found in contempt of court. Civil contempt requires a finding of willful refusal to comply with a court’s order. Call us to file a contempt action if your former spouse has failed to pay child support or alimony ordered, sign documents required by a settlement agreement or court order, or exercise visitation as provided in any court order.
– Many Georgia divorce cases involving children require modification at some point after the divorce. In Georgia, a person may bring a petition to modify child custody or support if there has been a material change in a condition affecting the welfare of the child. If one or both parents’ income change, or the parents remarry, move, or experience some other change affecting the children, modification of child custody or support is an option that you may want to explore with an experienced family law attorney.
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To learn more about retaining the services of our proven family law attorney team, call us today to set up a free consultation.