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Over 18 Years of Experience


We've been doing this for awhile.  With over 18 years of experience handling the simplest to the most complex divorce, custody, and domestic issues, as well as being pioneers at the forefront of same-sex marriage and divorce, ATL Family Lawyers has the extensive knowledge, time, and experience to handle absolutely any case and exceed your expectations.

Our objective is to help you manage this difficult experience as quickly and painlessly as possible, while making sure to protect your goals and interests. While we strive to accomplish this goal through negotiation, we will litigate aggressively and tirelessly for you when this approach is no longer feasible.

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Over 18 Years of Experience


We've been doing this for awhile.  With over 18 years of experience handling the simplest to the most complex divorce, custody, and domestic issues, as well as being pioneers at the forefront of same-sex marriage and divorce, ATL Family Lawyers has the extensive knowledge, time, and experience to handle absolutely any case and exceed your expectations.

Our objective is to help you manage this difficult experience as quickly and painlessly as possible, while making sure to protect your goals and interests. While we strive to accomplish this goal through negotiation, we will litigate aggressively and tirelessly for you when this approach is no longer feasible.

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Areas of Practice


Areas of Practice


 

Areas of Practice Include:

  • DIVORCE - A DIVORCE IN PLAIN WORDS IS A FINAL DECREE REQUIRED TO LEGALLY TERMINATE A VALID MARRIAGE.  IF BOTH PARTIES AGREE TO ALL ASPECTS OF A DIVORCE, THE TWO CAN ENTER INTO AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE. WITHOUT AN AGREEMENT, THE DIVORCE IS CONTESTED.  WE ARE KNOWLEDGEABLE ON THE MOST CURRENT LAWS GOVERNING DIVORCE, AND RECOGNIZE THAT EVERY SITUATION IS UNIQUE.  WE HAVE OVER 18 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HANDLING THE MOST COMPLEX DIVORCE CASES THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE STATE OF GEORGIA, AND WILL WORK TIRELESSLY TO PROVIDE YOU WITH A COST AND TIME EFFICIENT RESOLUTION.

  • MODIFICATIONS - BECAUSE LIFE ISN'T STATIC, THERE ARE TIMES WHEN DUE TO SITUATION CHANGES, A MODIFICATION MAY BE NECESSARY.  IT IS IMPORTANT TO LET THE COURT KNOW WHEN THESE CHANGES HAPPEN IN ORDER TO AVOID ANY FUTURE CONTEMPT CHARGES. WITHOUT A MODIFICATION, BOTH PARTIES WILL CONTINUE TO BE OBLIGATED TO COMPLY WITH THE ORIGINAL DIVORCE OR OTHER DOMESTIC DECREE.  THE MOST COMMON MODIFICATIONS ARE FOR CHILD SUPPORT AND VISITATION.

  • CHILD SUPPORT -  NO MATTER THE OTHER CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING A DIVORCE AND CUSTODY ISSUES, CHILD SUPPORT WILL BE A FACTOR IN YOUR CASE.  YOU WILL EITHER BE ASKED TO PAY IT, OR YOU WILL BE THE ONE RECEIVING IT.  BECAUSE COURTS CAN EXERCISE DISCRETION IN SETTING THE AMOUNT TO BE PAID, IT IS IMPORTANT TO HAVE A LAWYER WHO UNDERSTANDS COMPLETELY YOUR RIGHTS AND THE CURRENT LAWS GOVERNING CHILD SUPPORT.

  • CHILD CUSTODY - WHEN A MARRIAGE ENDS AND CHILDREN ARE PART OF THE RELATIONSHIP BEING DISSOLVED, IT IS A COMMON MISTAKE TO BELIEVE THAT THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DIVORCE AND CHILD CUSTODY LAW.  WHILE THE TWO MAY BE ARGUED DURING THE SAME HEARING, THE WAY IN WHICH EACH ISSUE IS EVALUATED IS COMPLETELY DIFFERENT.  IN DIVORCE, THE DISCUSSION IS OVER A DISTRIBUTION OF ASSETS...BUT CHILDREN ARE NOT SIMPLY ITEMS TO BE DISPERSED EVENLY.  CUSTODY ARGUMENTS ARE BASED ON WHAT IS IN THE BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILDREN INVOLVED. AT ATL FAMILY LAW, WE PROVIDE PASSIONATE AND DEDICATED REPRESENTATION IN ORDER TO ENSURE THAT THE CHILDREN ARE ABOVE ALL PUT FIRST, WHETHER WE ARE REPRESENTING A MOTHER, FATHER, OR NAVIGATING THE CUSTODY ISSUES SURROUNDING AN ADOPTIVE CHILD OR SAME-SEX PARTNERS.  OUR CLIENT AND THEIR CHILD'S BEST INTERESTS ARE WHAT WE FOCUS ON AND FIGHT FOR.

  • VISITATION - VISITATION LAW REFERS TO THE RIGHTS THAT A NON-CUSTODIAL PARENT HAS TO VISIT WITH THEIR CHILDREN. 

  • PATERNITY/LEGITIMATION - WHEN A CHILD IS BORN AND THE PARENTS ARE NOT MARRIED AT THE BEGINNING OF THE PREGNANCY OR AT THE BIRTH OF THE CHILD, THE FATHER IS WITHOUT THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF A PARENT.  IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE PARENTS OF THE CHILD, OR A THIRD PARTY ON BEHALF OF THE CHILD, TO SEEK A DECLARATION OF PATERNITY TO LEGALLY ESTABLISH A PARENT-CHILD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE CHILD.  ATL FAMILY LAWYERS HAVE HANDLED HUNDREDS AND HUNDREDS OF THESE TYPES OF MATTERS.

  • PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENTS - A PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENT ("PRENUP" FOR SHORT) IS A WRITTEN CONTRACT CREATED BY TWO PEOPLE BEFORE MARRIAGE.  A PRENUP WILL TYPICALLY LIST BOTH PARTIES ASSETS AND DEBTS PRIOR TO MARRIAGE, AND WILL SET FORTH SPECIFIC PROPERTY RIGHTS SHOULD THE MARRIAGE END. 

  • MEDIATION - MEDIATION IS A VALUABLE TOOL AND A SERVICE WE PRIDE OURSELVES IN PROVIDING.  MEDIATION IS WHERE A NEUTRAL MEDIATOR NEGOTIATES BETWEEN THE TWO PARTIES AND THEIR LAWYERS.  SUCCESSFUL MEDIATION WILL USUALLY SAVE THE PARTIES INVOLVED THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN LEGAL FEES, AS WELL AS PREVENTING ANY UNNECESSARY DETERIORATION OF THE RELATIONSHIP AT HAND.  THIS IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT WHEN CHILDREN ARE INVOLVED AS IT CAN BECOME EXTREMELY DIFFICULT, IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE FOR SOME, TO RESUME NORMAL COMMUNICATION AFTER LITIGATION.  ATL FAMILY LAWYERS ALSO PROVIDES MEDIATION SERVICES FOR COUPLES WHO WANT TO COME IN TOGETHER TO CONCLUDE THEIR MATTER SWIFTLY.

  • LGBT FAMILY RIGHTSTHE ATTORNEYS AND STAFF AT ATL FAMILY LAW RECOGNIZE THAT FAMILIES COME IN MANY DIFFERENT FORMS.  we are proud to offer representation by one of the most aggressive gay litigators in the state of georgia.  WE ASSIST TWO-PARENT FAMILIES, SAME-SEX COUPLES, SINGLE PARENTS, MULTI-GENERATIONAL FAMILIES, FOSTER FAMILIES, AND THOSE RELATED BY LOVE, NOT NECESSARILY BY BLOOD.  REGARDLESS OF THE FORM YOUR FAMILY TAKES, OUR PRIMARY FOCUS IS TO ACHIEVE SECURITY FOR ALL FAMILIES AND TO PUT THE INTERESTS OF CHILDREN FIRST.  WE HAVE BEEN AT THE FOREFRONT OF SOME OF THE FIRST LGBT COMPLEX FAMILY LAW ISSUES IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, AND CONTINUE TO BE PIONEERS IN THE FIELD BY DEVELOPING CREATIVE AND EFFECTIVE SOLUTIONS AS UNIQUE AS YOUR FAMILY.  CLICK BELOW FOR OUR FULL LGBT FAMILY RIGHTS PAGE.

  • DIVISION OF PROPERTY - MARITAL PROPERTY, WITH A FEW EXCEPTIONS, IS DEFINED AS PROPERTY ACQUIRED BY THE PARTIES DURING A MARRIAGE.  IN THE STATE OF GEORGIA, WHEN A DIVORCE OCCURS, MARITAL PROPERTY IS DIVIDED BASED ON THE PRINCIPLE OF "EQUITABLE DIVISION".  THIS MEANS THAT PROPERTY WILL BE DIVIDED FAIRLY, BUT NOT NECESSARILY EQUALLY.  THE DIVISION IS BASED ON A VARIETY OF FACTORS.  OUR ATTORNEYS WILL CAREFULLY REVIEW WITH YOU ALL FACTORS THAT COME INTO PLAY, AND GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE PROCESS TO ACHIEVE THE MOST DESIRABLE OUTCOME. 

  • CONTEMPT - SHOULD A PARTY FAIL TO COMPLY WITH THE TERMS OF A COURT ORDER, THE WRONGED PARTY MAY ASK THE COURT TO HOLD THE OFFENDING PARTY IN CONTEMPT.  THE MOST COMMON CONTEMPT ISSUES WHEN IT COMES TO FAMILY LAW ARE THOSE INVOLVING NON-PAYMENT OF ALIMONY OR CHILD SUPPORT, REIMBURSEMENT OF EXPENSES FOR THE CHILDREN, AND DENIAL OF PARENTING TIME.   NO MATTER WHAT SIDE OF A CONTEMPT MOTION YOU FIND YOURSELF ON, IT IS EXTREMELY IMPORT TO SELECT A LAWYER TO REPRESENT YOUR BEST INTERESTS.

  • ALIMONY & SPOUSAL SUPPORT (MAINTENANCE) - ALIMONY IS FINANCIAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY ONE PARTY TO THE OTHER FOR HIS OR HER MAINTENANCE.  UNLIKE WITH CHILD SUPPORT, A JUDGE OR JURY HAS WIDE DISCRETION WHEN ADDRESSING THE ISSUE OF ALIMONY.  A NUMBER OF FACTORS COME IN TO PLAY INCLUDING THE LENGTH OF THE MARRIAGE, STANDARD OF LIVING DURING THE MARRIAGE, PHYSICAL AND EMOTIONAL HEALTH OF BOTH SPOUSES, FINANCIAL RESOURCES, FINANCIAL CONTRIBUTIONS DURING THE MARRIAGE, FINANCIAL NEED, AND MORE.  ATL FAMILY LAWYERS HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE NAVIGATING THE SOMETIMES CONFUSING ISSUE OF ALIMONY & SPOUSAL SUPPORT, AND WILL REPRESENT YOUR INTERESTS WITH EVERY TOOL WE HAVE.

  • TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE ORDERS (TPO) - AT ATL FAMILY LAWYERS WE HAVE ENJOYED GREAT SUCCESS IN OBTAINING TEMPORARY PROTECTIVE ORDERS FOR OUR CLIENTS WHO REQUIRE IMMEDIATE PROTECTION FROM THREATS OF HARM OR STALKING.  OUR ADVOCATES CAN PROVIDE SAME DAY ASSISTANCE IN ACQUIRING A PROTECTIVE ORDER TO ENSURE ADEQUATE PROTECTION FROM ANY THREAT.  ATL FAMILY LAWYERS HAS ALSO ENJOYED GREAT SUCCESS IN DEFENDING AGAINST FRIVOLOUS AND UNSUBSTANTIATED PETITIONS FOR A PROTECTIVE ORDER.  REGARDLESS OF WHICH SIDE WE'RE ON, WE HAVE HANDLED AND SUCCESSFULLY NEGOTIATED PROTECTIVE ORDER ISSUES THROUGH MOST COUNTIES IN GEORGIA.

  • DFACS CASES (DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES) - GEORGIA'S DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES HAS THE POWER TO INVESTIGATE FAMILIES UPON REPORT OF DEPRIVATION OR ABUSE.  THROUGH THE POWER OF THE JUVENILE COURT, DFACS CAN REMOVE CHILDREN FROM THE FAMILY AND PLACE THEM WITH OTHER FAMILY MEMBERS. OR OTHERS NON-RELATIVES WHO ARE CERTIFIED BY DFACS.  IN THE EVENT THAT AN INVESTIGATION IS NOT QUICKLY ENDED, IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO HIRE AN ATTORNEY TO ASSIST WITH THE PROTECTION OF THE FAMILY.  BY FACILITATING THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH DFACS ON THE FAMILY'S BEHALF, AN ATTORNEY CAN OFTEN HELP THE FAMILY AVOID A LONG, COSTLY, AND ESPECIALLY PAINFUL PATH OF A HEARING IN JUVENILE COURT.   WHEN DFACS BRINGS AN ACTION, AN ATTORNEY CAN BE HIRED TO REPRESENT THE CHILDREN, THE PARENTS, OR TO INTERVENE ON BEHALF OF A FAMILY MEMBER WHO WISHES TO HAVE PLACEMENT / CUSTODY OF THE CHILDREN.  UNDERSTANDING THE PROCEDURE, AS WELL AS WHEN TO BE COOPERATIVE AND WHEN TO BE AGGRESSIVE, CAN BE CRITICAL IN ENSURING THE BEST OUTCOME FOR ALL INVOLVED.  WE HAVE 18 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE HANDLING DFACS CASES IN MOST JUVENILE COURTS THROUGHOUT GEORGIA.

  • GRANDPARENTS' RIGHTS - THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN A GRANDPARENT AND GRANDCHILD IS ONE THAT THE CHILD WILL REMEMBER FOR THE REST OF HIS OR HER LIFE.  UNFORTUNATELY, DIVORCE CAN COME BETWEEN THESE PRECIOUS RELATIONSHIPS, CAUSING GRIEF FOR BOTH GRANDPARENT AND GRANDCHILD.  WE UNDERSTAND THE DILEMMAS THAT CAN ARISE FOR GRANDPARENTS WHEN THEY ARE AFFECTED BY A DIVORCE.  OUR FIRM IS COMMITTED TO ASSISTING GRANDPARENTS IN ESTABLISHING THEIR RIGHTS, INCLUDING CUSTODY, VISITATION, GUARDIANSHIP, AND MORE.  WE HAVE EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE IN HANDLING GRANDPARENTS' RIGHTS CASES INVOLVING: A DECEASED PARENT OF GRANDCHILD, DIVORCE OR SEPARATION OF GRANDCHILD'S PARENTS, AND A GRANDCHILD LIVING WITH GRANDPARENTS, AMONG MANY OTHERS.  THE STATE OF GEORGIA DOES RECOGNIZE THAT THE RELATIONSHIP WITH A GRANDPARENT IS IMPORTANT TO A CHILD, AND BECAUSE OF THIS, DOES GIVE GRANDPARENTS THE RIGHT TO SEEK VISITATION WHEN IT IS OTHERWISE NOT AVAILABLE TO THEM.  HOWEVER, THE STATE LEGISLATURE HAS REWRITTEN THE GRANDPARENT VISITATION STATUTE TO ELIMINATE THE RIGHT OF A GRANDPARENT TO INTERVENE WHEN THE GRANDCHILD IS LIVING WITH BOTH LEGAL PARENTS IN AN INTACT FAMILY.  IT IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED TO RETAIN AN ATTORNEY WHO IS AWARE OF ALL CURRENT UPDATES TO THE STATUTE REGARDING THE RIGHTS OF GRANDPARENTS, AS THE LAW HAS RECENTLY BEEN UPDATED TO ALLOW MORE CONSIDERATION FOR AND RECOGNITION OF THE BOND BETWEEN A GRANDCHILD AND GRANDPARENT.   

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Our team at ATL Family Lawyers is dedicated to all areas of Divorce/Custody/Family Law throughout Atlanta and the State of Georgia.

With our 18 years of experience, we provide an elite, aggressive and intelligent approach to handling family disputes. We have the real courtroom expertise to efficiently and professionally handle any family law case.

From aggressively handling one of the very first modification jury trials in Georgia history under the new Child Support Guidelines, to handling the most complex and highly contested custody trials and settlements statewide within divorce, custody, termination, contempt and modification involving witchcraft, intoxicated toddlers, out of state DNA donors and surrogates, same-sex marriages, child abuse and molestation, bipolar and other disorders, spousal slavery, multinational multimillionaire pensions and stock options, out of state terminations, forensics, step-parent adoptions and so many more unique situations, we have been extremely fortunate to gain an immense amount of experience that has assisted our clients in family law matters for over 18 years.