Family Law

Family law encompasses the laws involving the bonds and responsibilities of the family. From forming a new union to transferring a parental duty, or even legally establishing an existing informal bond; this area of law should be handled thoughtfully as it is often an emotional practice. All parties involved should keep in mind that at the end of any family law proceeding, family members remain, regardless of where they reside. Likewise, when children are involved, it is important to keep in mind the long lasting effects and ramifications that the legal process can have on a child’s life.

At the Success Firm, we focus on child-centered, collaborative law techniques to ensure that strong family ties remain after litigation or that other forms of legal avenues are used to achieve a resolution. We value the range of interests that our clients hold, while understanding that often the collateral damage an adversarial proceeding can have on the relationships in a family may not be worthwhile or even an effective way to reach a resolution.

Collaborative practice ensures that all parties in the proceeding involved are able to address their needs, in focusing on problem-solving, not blaming.  If children are involved, these techniques work to safeguard the children involved guaranteeing that they and their futures are a number one priority.  As a result, collaborative practice helps families make a graceful transition to the next stage of their lives.  With a background in mediation, the Success Firm, has the ability to effectively facilitate negotiations with disputing parties and ensure that your family’s best interests are represented.

Child Support is determined based on the income of both parents. Georgia law makes both parents a responsible party in the financial support of their children. Once the total incomes are determined, the courts decide how much money each parent is responsible for providing by considering several different factors

Paternity and Legitimation are the legal processes that establish father’s rights to children born out of wedlock. A mother is entitled to exclusive custody of a child born out of wedlock, and she may exercise all parental authority concerning decisions affecting the child.  A father may legitimize his child via an Acknowledgment of Legitimation or file a Petition for Legitimation with the court in the county where the mother and child reside.

Visitation can be determined by Georgia Courts if parents cannot agree on appropriate parenting time for each parent. A parenting plan that addresses visitation can be achieved through negotiation or by a hearing. Visitation is decided according to the child’s best interest, giving a broad range of discretion to the Judge.

Adoptions are a way to start new familial bonds. Types of adoptions range from stepparent adoptions, grandparent adoptions, to uncontested third party adoptions.

Uncontested Divorce is one where both partners can agree on how to divide all of their assets and their debts, and if they have children, how to share custody and child support

Name changes can be the happy start of your brand new life. It may also serve as a way to correct past wrongs. In Georgia, you cannot change your name for a reason other than marriage without petitioning the court, paying court fees and making an announcement in your local paper.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements are growing in popularity as effective tools available for couples to manage legal issues before such issues become contentious

Parenting Plans are essential in establishing a healthy co-parenting relationship.  Although it may seem like a daunting task to sit down with your ex-partner or soon to be ex-spouse to create a plan that best fits the needs of your divided family, having a plan in place makes co-parenting manageable. Co-parenting includes coordinating your schedules and those of your children by working together for visitation exchange, working out holidays and making collaborative decisions regarding the children.