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Does Georgia Recognize Common Law Marriage?

By Buckhead Family Law |

Marriage can be complicated enough under normal circumstances. But what about when two people live together for a significant period of time and hold themselves out as spouses, despite never formalizing it through a ceremony or license? For a long time, Georgia (and many other states) recognized “common law marriage,” which is a legal… Read More »

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How To Divide Custody And Visitation During The Summer

By Buckhead Family Law |

Summer can be both an exciting and daunting time of year, especially for separated parents. For single working parents of kids on summer break, without a plan in place with the other parents for childcare, it can be difficult to take care of the kids while juggling your other daily responsibilities. This is where… Read More »

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Recent Court Rulings On Georgia’s Equitable Caregiver Act

By Buckhead Family Law |

Georgia’s Equitable Caregiver Act, which went into effect in just July 2019, allows trial courts to grant the status of equitable caregiver to groups of non-biologically related adults who may have previously had no parental rights but have played a fundamental, parent-like role in a child’s life. Now, three years later, Georgia’s courts have… Read More »

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Using Soberlink As A Safety Measure For Alcohol Abuse In Parenting Plans

By Buckhead Family Law |

Sometimes, one divorced parent needs to ensure that the other former spouse is following the law and sticking to the tenets of their parenting plan. When the other spouse has a history of alcohol abuse, it’s necessary to ensure that they are staying sober and not putting the children at risk. This is where… Read More »

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Options For Valuing And Dividing Marital Residence During The Real Estate Boom

By Buckhead Family Law |

In the current real estate market, one of the most difficult things to do in the event of a divorce is to put a value on the marital residence and find a way to divide that cost that both parties agree with. When you add in the fact that there is currently a real… Read More »

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How Long Does It Take To Get A Divorce In Georgia?

By Buckhead Family Law |

Divorce can be an incredibly stressful and difficult process, and uncertainty with how long it can take can add to that stress. But divorce is a legal procedure that must adhere to certain statutory and court enforced rules on timing. Those rules provide some structure to the process, as well as a general timeline… Read More »

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Parallel Parenting Vs. Co-Parenting – What Are The Differences?

By Buckhead Family Law |

Co-parenting vs Parallel Parenting: what is the better option for you following a divorce? Your relationship with your children ought to be the most important thing in your life, but it doesn’t need to be at the risk of your own mental and physical health. At Buckhead Family Law, we know that, most often,… Read More »

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Who Gets The Embryos In Divorce?

By Buckhead Family Law |

Science has truly changed the way people make families in today’s society. It’s now possible and somewhat common for couples to freeze and preserve embryos, so they can have babies when they are ready. This is often a result of trying to get pregnant through IVF or when one person undergoes a medical treatment… Read More »

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Recent Georgia Rulings Stress Importance Of Careful Custody Pleadings

By Buckhead Family Law |

How important are your court filings in custody cases? According to the Georgia Court of Appeals: very important. Two recent decisions from the Court of Appeals serve as a great reminder that the contents of your pleadings can make or break your custody case. Together, these cases demonstrate how important it is that your… Read More »

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Preparing For Divorce: Your Divorce Attorney Consultation

By Buckhead Family Law |

Once you’ve made the tough decision to pursue divorce, the next step for most people is finding a divorce attorney suited to you and your case. This starts with the consultation—an initial meeting with an attorney to discuss your legal matter and help both you and the attorney figure out of their representation is… Read More »

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