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Domestic Violence Is on the Rise During the COVID-19 Crisis

Posted by on August 31, 2020 in Blog

During normal times, individuals and families spend at least some part of their days away from each other, whether that is at work or at school. But during the COVID-19 crisis, restrictions on movement have forced families to hunker down in close proximity for extended periods of time. These types of living situations can be difficult and cause tempers to flare, particularly given the stress and anxiety surrounding the crisis. For some families, however, being trapped in a house for extended periods of time with certain individuals can become...

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Filing for Bankruptcy? Get Answers to Your FAQs

Posted by on June 30, 2020 in Bankruptcy

Given everything that has taken place throughout our country over the last few months, the prospect of filing for bankruptcy can be confusing and scary for many who are considering doing so. While almost everyone understands the basics of what bankruptcy is and generally how it works, very few individuals totally understand the full scope of bankruptcy and what impacts it can have on their lives. Below are some of the most common questions and answers we receive from clients who are considering filing for bankruptcy. For more information...

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Bankruptcy and COVID-19: What You Need to Know

Posted by on May 29, 2020 in Bankruptcy, Blog

The global coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19, its disease, has presented the world with one its most significant challenges in decades, wreaking havoc on nearly every aspect of our lives. With most affected countries virtually on lockdown, it has taken a significant toll on the global economy. This economic disruption has cost millions their jobs, with the number job loss claims in the United States rising to the highest levels on record in recent weeks. Without jobs, bills can’t be paid. And when bills can’t be paid, aggressive collection...

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Breaking Down Georgia’s Child Custody Law

Posted by on May 27, 2020 in Child Custody and Visitation

How Does a Georgia Judge Decide What is in a Child’s “Best Interest”? As a preliminary matter, and in contrast to the way the law used to be in the past, Georgia law explicitly provides that “there shall be no prima-facie right to the custody of the child in the father or mother. There shall be no presumption in favor of any particular form of custody, legal or physical, nor in favor of either parent.” O.C.G.A § 19-9-3(a)(1). Rather, Georgia judges have broad discretion to evaluate a wide range of factors and circumstances to “determine...

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Governor Kemp Clarifies Shelter in Place Order’s Effect on Custodial Arrangements

Posted by on April 17, 2020 in Blog, Child Custody and Visitation

On March 14, 2020, Governor Kemp issued Executive Order declaring a public health state of emergency in Georgia to stop further spread of Covid-19. He then issued Executive Order, directing all residents and visitors of the state of Georgia to practice social distancing and to shelter in place in their homes. As with most shelter in place orders nationwide, there was a great deal of confusion and concern over its exact scope. One of those concerns was what the order meant for joint custody arrangements and whether...

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Bankruptcy and Property Division in a Divorce

Posted by on February 28, 2020 in Bankruptcy, Blog, Divorce

Many Americans have debts of all kinds, whether it be student loan debt, credit card debt, auto loan debt, etc. Individuals who encounter unexpected financial setbacks often fall behind on paying their debts, which begins the unpleasant collections process. For debts that are truly insurmountable, bankruptcy offers debtors a fresh start by allowing them to liquidate their debts or create a more manageable payment plan. However, bankruptcy filings affect all areas of the debtor’s financial life — including property division in a divorce.  What...

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Paternity Law in Georgia: A Brief Overview

Posted by on January 21, 2020 in Blog, Paternity

Paternity refers to the parental rights and responsibilities of a man with respect to his children. The easiest way to establish paternity is to through marriage, as children born to married parents are automatically considered legitimate in Georgia. However, establishing paternity becomes much more complex for children who are born out of wedlock. Fathers of children born out of wedlock must establish paternity through legal means if they wish to obtain the rights to custody and visitation. Below is an overview of the laws governing...

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Federal Trucking Regulations Governing Commercial Truck Operators in Georgia

Posted by on December 31, 2019 in Blog, personal injury

Commercial trucks and other large vehicles are a common sight on Atlanta-area highways. If you drive frequently in the Atlanta metro area, you know how intimidating these large vehicles can be. In fact, commercial vehicles can weigh in at nearly 25 times the average passenger car, which often means that in a collision between these two vehicles the occupants of the passenger car are much more likely to suffer serious injuries, including permanent disability or death. Because commercial vehicles pose a significant risk to other drivers on the...

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Does Traffic Congestion in the Atlanta Metro Area Lead to More Car Accidents?

Posted by on November 29, 2019 in Blog, personal injury

As you probably know if you live in the Atlanta metro area, our city has some of the worst traffic congestion in the country. In fact, in 2018, transportation analytics company INRIX ranked Atlanta the fourth-worst city in the United States for traffic congestion. Residents of the Atlanta metropolitan area experience long, frustrating commutes, losing nearly 108 hours each year to traffic congestion. Although traffic congestion may mean slower driving speeds, heavy traffic nonetheless may lead to more car accidents and injuries. This article...

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Woodstock Divorce Lawyers Explain Adultery and Divorce in Georgia

Posted by on October 31, 2019 in Blog, Divorce

It can be devastating to find out your spouse has been unfaithful during your marriage. For most couples, adultery is an irreparable breach of trust. As a result, most states recognize adultery as grounds for a married couple to seek a divorce. If you live in the Atlanta metro area, however, it is important to consult a knowledgeable and experienced Woodstock divorce lawyer before filing for divorce on grounds of adultery. Georgia law establishes strict standards for proving adultery in a contested divorce proceeding. Allegations of adultery...

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