Brookhaven Family Law Attorneys
Family law isn’t only about divorce. When you and your spouse are making decisions about your marriage that will affect you and your children, there is more involved than dividing up your bank accounts. Property, schools, and grandparents’ visits are all things that need to be considered when you end a marriage.
Before you and your spouse decide it is time to divorce, see Kessler & Solomiany, LLC. Our compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys will help you through this tough time and make sure your and your children’s rights are protected. We want to be sure that nobody gets left out when it’s time for the hard choices to be made. Contact us here, or call our team at (404) 688-8810 today.
We’ve been a trusted name in family law in Brookhaven for more than 30 years. Because we practice only family law, we know this area of the law intimately and will be able to give you the best possible representation. These are some of the areas we work in every day:
- Child Custody and Visitation
- Child Support
- Alimony and Spousal Support
- Pre- and Postnuptial Agreements
- Legitimation and Paternity
- Restraining & Protective Orders
- Grandparent & Third-Party Custody/Visitation
- Contempt Actions
- High Profile Divorce Cases
Whether your marriage is over and needs to be dissolved or has been legally over for some time and you need help with enforcement of court orders, Kessler & Solomiany, LLC could help keep things on track. As things change, you might find that you need to modify or amend your existing court order. We can assist you when changes in jobs, residences, and school choices mean you must make changes in your agreements, too. All these things must be handled in court, and we’re prepared to help.
Why You Need a Divorce Attorney
Everyone likes to think they can do it alone. Before you try to manage your own divorce, you should consider a few things, especially when it comes to property, money, and children.
Even if you and your spouse are separating amicably and believe you need only to split the money in your bank account and walk away, you should have an attorney review all your documents before filing them with the court. Georgia law requires both parties to make a “full and complete” financial disclosure and file a financial affidavit with their other documents.
One of the most common reasons for documents to be rejected by court clerks everywhere is that they were not complete in some way. If something is filled out wrong, not signed in the right place, or needed to be notarized, the clerk will send it back. This leads to delays in getting your divorce before the judge. Even the most amicable and simple divorce becomes less so when you must keep going back again and again to file the same paperwork.
Especially if things are not amicable, you should always have an attorney on your side. It is recommended that both parties seek their own lawyer. Ethically, it is not possible for one attorney to represent both spouses in a divorce. The lawyer’s job is to advocate for their client’s best interests. That can’t be done when there are two clients with opposing interests.
Having an attorney will relieve you of the paperwork burden. Even a simple divorce requires stacks of documents:
- Divorce with Minor Children
- Certificate of Service
- Answer and Counterclaim
- Request for Admissions
- Request for Production of Documents
- Financial Affidavit
- Answers to Interrogatories
- And more
All these documents require attachments or exhibits. You are under enough stress trying to manage work, home life, and the strain of divorce. Let your attorney cope with keeping your paperwork in order and filing the appropriate documents with the court.
Finally, there are laws the layperson does not know and is not expected to know. Georgia is an equitable division state, meaning that property acquired during the marriage is divided equally, but not necessarily 50/50. For instance, if you and your spouse purchased a house together during your marriage, the court might award your spouse the house and give you other marital property of equivalent value. The goal is for both parties to receive an equitable share of the property they both contributed to.
Because of this give-and-take in marital property division, having an attorney who understands the operation of the court’s calculations is essential. Too many divorces break down into quarrels over “who owns the house” or other property. Your attorney can help explain how you could fairly distribute the property or what a judge might do if you can’t agree between yourselves.
Why You Need Kessler & Solomiany, LLC
You and your spouse may have divorced many years ago and thought things were settled. Now you find that some agreements need to be reviewed. Perhaps a child wants to go to college, or you were offered a nice retirement package ahead of schedule. You need to know how this will affect your divorce judgment. What if you just moved here from a different city or even a different state? What should you do?
You can relax. Changing your divorce judgment or support order can sometimes be as easy as filing the right paperwork with the court. Modification of a court order requires a “substantial change of circumstances” and filing a motion to amend the order with the court. Of course, it also means notifying your spouse of the upcoming change as well.
Kessler & Solomiany, LLC has been doing business in central Georgia for many years. Founding partner Randall M. Kessler graduated from Emory Law School in 1985. He knows the intricacies of petitioning the court for all types of changes in judgments, orders, and other court documents.
When you need a family law attorney in Brookhaven or anywhere in the Atlanta area, you can call Kessler & Solomiany, LLC and be assured of knowledgeable and compassionate guidance in your legal matters. Our team is here to help you through whatever you and your family need with a minimum of disruption. If you have questions, we’re here to answer them. Give us a call at (404) 688-8810 or fill out our intake form, and a member of our staff will be in touch with you soon.