Divorce and Family Law Attorneys in Sandy Springs, Georgia
Nobody wants to contemplate their marriage ending in divorce. We all hope that our marriage truly will be “till death do us part.” Unfortunately, statistics are not on our side. Presently in America, 40 percent of all marriages end in divorce, and the best we can hope for then is an amicable parting of the ways.
At Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, our intention is to help you achieve just that. Our skilled and compassionate legal team is ready to give you the time and attention necessary to close your marriage successfully and with as little trauma as possible to everyone involved. If you believe you have reached the point of no return in your relationship, talk to Kessler & Solomiany, LLC at (404) 688-8810 and see if we can help.
Kessler & Solomiany, LLC provides you with legal assistance in all areas of family law in addition to divorce. Whether you have reached your decision jointly, or it has been initiated by one spouse or the other, we can assist you with:
- Alimony and Spousal Support. Few aspects of the divorce process arouse such intense emotions as the thought of paying alimony. Yet not everyone is entitled to it, or required to pay, especially if the parties have equal earning power.
- Child Support. Unlike alimony, parents have an equal and non-delegable duty to support their children until the child reaches the age of majority, and the state will not allow parents to dodge this duty.
- Custody and Visitation. Hand in hand with child support is the right to have time with your children and to make decisions regarding their care and upbringing. Georgia, like most states, adheres to the “best interest of the child” standard when making decisions, and you should be represented by counsel to support your claim to provide the best care for your children.
- Pre/Post-Nuptial Agreements. Formerly a step taken only by the rich and powerful to protect their business or celebrity interests after marriage, anyone today can want or need a prenuptial agreement (or “prenup”) or the more recent creation the “postnup,” which divides property after marriage but before a divorce. Both these documents help soften the blow of a divorce by outlining exactly who is to have what in the event the marriage does not survive.
- Modification of Orders. Children grow up, and circumstances change. Perhaps your spouse wants to relocate to a different state. Even if you are okay with that, it is in everyone’s best interests to see an attorney and have the court make the change official. If one of you cannot make their support payments, or if you, or even the child, wants a change in the visitation, we can help you get your orders modified within the court requirements.
When Not Everyone Agrees
Divorce, custody, and property division are not always enjoyable experiences. Breakups and bad relationships are unfortunately common in society today. Domestic violence, a criminal matter, is also a family law matter.
A word of caution: If you are in an abusive relationship, your first action should be to get yourself to a safe place. Whether that is a shelter, the home of a friend or a relative, or a hotel in another town, Kessler & Solomiany, LLC suggests you ensure your own safety and that of your children before you begin gathering any evidence needed for legal action.
When you are the victim of a relationship gone bad and need a protective order, the attorneys at Kessler & Solomiany, LLC are ready with a compassionate ear and the legal knowledge to help you out. Depending on the situation, we will advise you on the best course of action, including when and how to involve law enforcement.
The initial order, a temporary restraining order, usually lasts for 30 days and serves to keep both parties separate from one another until the hearing. At the hearing, the judge will evaluate evidence from both sides, and determine what type of further protective order is needed for the safety of both parties, and the best interests of any children involved.
- The No-Contact Order prevents the offender from contacting you in any way, including phone calls, emails, texts, or in person. The no-contact order is used in stalking cases, as well as other types of abuse and domestic violence cases.
- The Stay-Away Order requires the offender to stay a minimum distance, usually 300 feet, from you and prevents them from living in the same house. This is often used in domestic violence and other abuse cases, and in cases where the parties are in frequent contact with one another.
- The Peaceful Contact Order is used when the parties must be in contact with one another, such as in a divorce with shared child custody. It allows civil communication regarding the children, and contact for custody exchanges, but no other contact.
None of these orders are cures for abusive behavior, and none of them are protection against a violent offender. The attorneys at Kessler & Solomiany, LLC strongly caution anyone in an abusive relationship to exercise caution and seek help immediately if they believe they are in danger.
Who We Are
In 1991, the founding attorney of Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, Randall M. Kessler, started the firm that is now a statewide family law practice. Mr. Kessler is recognized for his skill and knowledge in family and divorce law throughout the United States and is licensed to practice in state and Federal court, including the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court.
The rest of our team is just as skilled. Kessler & Solomiany, LLC has more than thirty associates, paralegals, and support staff to assist in managing your case and getting you through the process with the minimum disruption to your own life.
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We provide you and your children with experience, compassion, and the knowledge needed to make the transition out of marriage as smooth as it can be. It is not easy for anyone, but our team will do what is necessary to make the experience as painless as possible.