Divorce can be hard on a family, especially when kids are involved. Between one parent moving out, custody battles and getting used to a new home situation, children can feel lost and confused when it’s all said and done. Finding ways to connect with your children throughout the divorce proceedings and after is important for their health and happiness. Whether you have the kids full time or just on weekends, having quality time together and making fun memories is a great way to make your kids feel more comfortable in spite of familial changes. There are countless things to do in Georgia that are perfect for spending quality time with the kids. Not sure where to start? We’ve done the legwork for you and have found some of the most exciting things to do in the Suwanee area in our list below.
Georgia Family Law
In Georgia, there are several types of restraining orders. The two most common are Temporary Protective Orders (TPO) and Mutual Restraining Orders (MRO). While both are called restraining orders, they are used in very different situations.
At Spooner & Associates, we encounter MROs frequently. This type of restraining order is often put in place automatically in the event of a divorce, custody modification or other domestic action. Mutual restraining orders are used to keep the status quo between the parties. For example, most MROs provide that neither party can cancel health or auto insurance policies, sell marital assets, or remove the children from the county, state, or country.
Alimony, or spousal support, was a concept originally implemented when employment options for women were more limited. After a divorce, men were responsible for their ex-wives support. Now, alimony in Georgia and other states is maintained to protect economic fairness in the event of divorce. Understanding how alimony in Georgia is awarded and what types are available is important when discussing divorce proceedings.
The process of divorce is a complicated one. Navigating it alone is not easy, which is why hiring a divorce attorney should be a priority. To find a divorce lawyer, you’ll need to do your research. Here are a few suggestions from the attorneys of Spooner & Associates.
- Ask around: Contact people in your community who have used a divorce attorney and ask them about their experiences. Often the best source is a friend or neighbor. The more information you have about an attorney before meeting him or her, the better.
- Search online: The internet can be a valuable resource for finding an attorney near you, but you should have an open mind. Nice websites and good reviews reflect positively on a law firm. Negative reviews can also provide some insights. However, given the anonymous nature of reviews, negative comments could have been posted by a person that the firm had success against. You should also browse the attorney’s website to learn more about the attorney’s background. At this point, you may want to make contact with an attorney to discuss their experience with family law, typical clients, as well as general rates, both hourly and a retainer. Use this information to narrow down the field.
- Schedule a consultation: Find your divorce lawyer by meeting a few, face-to-face. Some consultations are free of charge and provide a great opportunity to ask many questions. Good questions to ask include:
If you suspect your spouse is having an inappropriate relationship outside of your marriage, there are certain do’s and don’ts to follow. Understandably, when you suspect a cheating spouse, emotions run high and you could make some bad decisions. Be aware that some actions you take could even result in criminal charges being brought against you! Below are some “do’s and don’ts” if you ever find yourself in this situation:
Do you want a real estate attorney or a first-year attorney handling your divorce? Would you let your dentist perform heart surgery on you? Would you want a first-year heart surgeon doing the surgery? The answers to all of these questions are likely “no.”
The economy has had a devastating impact to many areas of our society and the legal field has not been immune. Many attorneys have seen a substantial decline in their area of practice. For example, at the peak of the real estate boom, there were thousands of busy real estate attorneys conducting real estate closings. However, in recent years, real estate closings are down significantly. Many of these attorneys were either terminated from their firm or experienced a significant decrease in work. In addition, many non-lawyers who lost their jobs in other fields went to law school. These recent law school graduates are now entering the work force.