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While there are plenty of narcissists out there, not all of them overly display the signs and symptoms of this personality disorder. These individuals might appear modest or shy initially, but behind that reasonable exterior is a person who is hypersensitive to criticism and lacks any empathy for other people. If you have discovered your […]

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Religious divorces fall outside the realm of litigation. Frequently, religious divorces occur after civil litigation wraps up. The validation of a divorce through religious means does not affect anything the court order touches and serves only to restore the faithful to unmarried status in the eyes of their faith so they can remain devotees in […]

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People who are getting divorced but wish to stay in business together could probably obtain court approval as long as both parties agree to remain in co-ownership. The question, however, is whether the business will remain successful under co-ownership post-divorce. For advice and insight on staying co-owners of a business after getting divorced, get in […]

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When a couple works with a financial advisor to create a spending plan and then one spouse walks out on the plan and “financially” cheats on their spouse, it is advisable to work with certified financial therapists. There’s a big difference between financial planning and financial therapy, and you may need to decide which one […]

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If your spouse or partner gets angry whenever you bring up money, there’s probably a problem. If they won’t share passwords with you, you have a bigger problem. Financial therapists have found that many people have a methodology about why they do what they do with money based upon their childhood. Maybe you lived in […]

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Things to Know before You Commit Happy National Adoption Awareness Month! November was given that designation in 1995 to raise awareness about adoption, especially for kids in the foster care system. But the idea actually dates all the way back to 1976. That year, Massachusetts Governor Mike Dukakis got the ball rolling by declaring our […]

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When I was a little girl, my parents loved opening their home to our friends and family on holidays. With all of those guests coming and going, I learned how to be a hostess from an early age. Before long, I was planning events with confidence! I have wonderful memories of the holidays in our house and what […]

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The American labor market is in a weird place right now. It seems like every time I turn on the TV or pick up a newspaper, I see stories about the shift in our labor culture. There are complaints on both sides. People who were fired or furloughed during COVID-19, for example, are having trouble […]

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The Greater North Fulton Chamber recognized outstanding small business members at the August 24 Wellstar Small Business Awards Luncheon. A record number of applications were submitted for review and interviews by the Awards Committee, and the decisions were difficult. These award winners exemplify entrepreneurial spirit, dedication, hard work, and sound business practices. They are shining […]

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The start of the new school year is just around the corner, and now is the time to begin planning. If you and your co-parent are both involved in your child’s upbringing, this can be a difficult process. Coordination and collaboration between you and your co-parent are necessary while preparing your child for a new […]

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A lot of couples wonder why they should already be planning for divorce when they are getting married. Some couples don’t believe in divorce, and others don’t want to start a marriage by talking about the potential of its end. A pre- or postnuptial agreement recognizes that marriage is work and cannot be taken for […]

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The topic of pre- and postnuptial agreements can feel very overwhelming, and a lot of preconceived notions make these contracts very unclear for many couples. Here at Atlanta Divorce Law Group, we like to go after the stigmas, tackle them, and bring some light to them. What is a Prenup? A prenuptial agreement is a […]

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If you’re the initiating a divorce case, it will have to be served on the other party once it is filed. Service of process means handing that divorce packet over to the individual or to someone who is living in that individual’s house. There are different ways to serve divorce papers on your ex. Service […]

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Some couples who have experienced financial infidelity choose to work on the marriage instead of calling it quits. One way they are able to feel secure in giving the marriage a chance is to enter a postnup. Post-marital agreements take the uncertainty out of an unfaithful spouse’s promises. Setting Condition Precedents Some spouses set a […]

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How My Son Rami Became Obsessed with ‘Hamilton’ Last year, one of the highlights of my summer was the day that Disney released “Hamilton” on Disney+. For a long time, I was determined to see the play in person, but when the whole world shut down due to COVID-19, I thought, “Well, why not spoil […]

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How My Husband Handles Father’s Day A few years ago, I walked into my son Rami’s room late at night and caught him and my husband, Hisham, having an adorable father-son moment. Hisham had gotten into bed with Rami to help him to fall asleep and had nodded off himself in the process. When I […]

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Sara’s Toughest Teacher and a Giant in the Legal Field By Attorney and Founder Sara Khaki Think back to your experience in high school and college. Who was your toughest teacher? How far would you go to impress them? Sometimes, strict teachers can make students’ lives miserable, but they can also be the best mentors […]

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How to Balance what You Want with the Needs of Your Kids By Attorney and Founder Sara Khaki When I first became a mom, I felt like I was at a crossroads on Mother’s Day. On one hand, I wanted to spend time with my family and receive all the gifts and attention my kids […]

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I Went Back to Disney – And I Think You Should Too I have some good news for you: Disney isn’t the sad, empty dystopia it appeared to be during most of the COVID-19 pandemic. A few months ago, I made a trip there with my husband and our kids for the first time in […]

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4 Tips to Make Getting Outside Easier Hunkering down and waiting for the dark and chilly winter season to pass sounds pretty nice. But the reality is, if we deprive ourselves of time outside, we do ourselves a big disservice both mentally and physically. Staying indoors all day affects your energy and mood, which makes […]

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By Sara Khaki A divorce will leave you with a thousand questions. Why did this happen? Who am I now? How will I move on? What comes next? These questions can be valuable, but if they take up too much time and space in your head, then that energy will become destructive. That’s when dysfunctional […]

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2020 Challenged All My Assumptions We did it — we made it to the last month of 2020! What a crazy, uncertain, stressful year this has been. 2020 brought massive growing pains for everyone, including our team here at ADLG. It stretched us to our limits as parents, professionals, and human beings facing our fears, […]

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Initiating a divorce can be difficult. Divorcing an abusive narcissist can feel impossible. Fortunately, there are healthy ways to address trauma and finally divorce an abuser. There are many resources available for survivors of abuse. If you need help, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233, log onto thehotline.org, or text LOVEIS to 22522. […]

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Dealing with a narcissistic ex can be a laborious and mentally exhausting task, especially during a high-conflict divorce. While you cannot control or reason with a narcissist, following the guidelines below may help put you at ease during the process of dissolving a marriage. Understand Who You’re Dealing With A narcissist can exhibit some or […]

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A Look at Halloween in the Age of COVID-19 As Fox 5 Atlanta reported back in August, this year when Oct. 31 rolls around, “The scariest thing for some towns could be losing Halloween.” It’s hard to even think about the possibility that trick-or-treating, Halloween parties, and haunted houses might be canceled this year, but […]

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3 Fears New Clients Have and How We Address Them If you look around this Halloween, odds are you won’t see many people dressed up as lawyers. Kids usually choose classic monsters like vampires, ghosts, and werewolves for their costumes. But ask an adult and I bet they’d tell you that lawyers are scary — […]

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The Fulton County School System released information this week on how the fall semester will proceed for schools in the county. The update details when in-person classes will resume, additional precautions for fall sports, and how the school district plans to slowly work toward full in-person attendance. With these changes in mind, it may also […]

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A Closer Look at Grandparents’ Rights in Georgia Sept. 13 is National Grandparents Day, and this month we’re celebrating the wonderful relationship between grandparents and their grandchildren. At Atlanta Divorce Law Group, we know how important it is for children to have healthy relationships with their grandparents, even after their parents go through a divorce. […]

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Many narcissists may view the divorce process as a competition or challenge. Because of this, a narcissistic spouse may take selfish actions to gain or retain as much as possible during the marriage dissolution process. While these situations are often emotionally taxing for the spouses involved, there are steps you can take to prepare and […]

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Who Gets to Decide if the Kids Go Back to School? One of the big issues parents have to address this year is a question I certainly never thought I’d have to ask: Will I send my kids back to school this fall? Whether or not schools will reopen for in-person lessons is a question […]

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Divorce can be a scary and difficult time for many people. While some divorces only involve estranged spouses, others require the involvement of children, friends, and family. The emotional strain placed on a family can be even greater when a divorce involves a narcissist. Spouses with this personality disorder often feel entitlement and importance during […]

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Adalia Ellis Gives Talking Points on a Difficult Conversation KIDS QUESTIONS ON RACISMTalking to kids about the social and political unrest that is going on in the news, racism, and cases of police brutality.Social Activist and Professor with a Masters in Teaching, Adalia Ellis, guides on how to have honest conversations with our children so […]

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We are proud to welcome Shawna Woods to our team of legal advocates at the Atlanta Divorce Law Group. She brings with her over 17 years of experience in family law, a passion for justice, and a dedication to finding the best solutions for her clients. Not only is she a great fit for our […]

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How to Make a New Adventure When you are raising children, summer vacation is often the highlight of the year. This is a time for summer camps, family trips, and all the fun opportunities that come with the kids being out of school for a few weeks. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s clear […]

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Navigating new social practices and other changes brought on by COVID-19 has been challenging for everyone. Yet dealing with such adjustments can be made even more difficult for those in the midst of family-law related issues such as custody battles, divorce proceedings, and child support dilemmas. Although the state has disbanded its stay at home […]

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People are often unaware that they are in a relationship with a narcissist. Most individuals are blinded by love and feel that when a partner is disrespectful, they are just having a bad day. However, narcissists will manipulate you and make you feel inadequate so that you stay with them because you think they are […]

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The Coronavirus has affected everyone around the country in different ways. Most people have had to adjust plans and make new arrangements for how they operate in their daily lives. Child custody agreements have been largely affected by this shift. Many questions have arisen about how this crisis affects custody arrangements and if they need […]

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What Can I Do if I Don’t Agree with the Way My Ex is Teaching Our Children? Many schools across the country have been forced to close due to COVID-19, ensuring that students and staff stay safe and healthy. This decision has led many families to homeschool their children to ensure that they will be […]

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Recently, our team at the Atlanta Divorce Law Group has received a lot of questions from our clients about child custody agreements during the Coronavirus pandemic. There are numerous lockdown orders in place across the United States to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Over the past several weeks, states including Georgia have pushed to […]

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When going through a divorce, adhering to a visitation schedule can be difficult. What can make the situation increasingly difficult is when your ex has bitter feelings toward you. They may try to refuse visitation of your children or limit your time with them. If your ex violates your visitation rights, there are several legal […]

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Acknowledge What’s Missing this May May is full of educational milestones. It’s the end of the school year, and a lot is happening for parents and students. There are finals, parent-teacher meetings, end-of-year parties, and perhaps most importantly, graduations. At least, this is how the month of May usually goes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, […]

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COVID-19 is impacting millions of families in many aspects of their lives. Many individuals are losing their jobs and, as a result, are filing for unemployment. Because of the current pandemic, people want to know what they can do if their co-parent is out of work and unable to financially contribute to raising their kids. […]

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We are pleased to announce that the Atlanta Divorce Law Group – Happily Ever After Divorce were named among the top 20 divorce lawyers in Alpharetta by Expertise. Our team of attorneys and staff serve clients in the Alpharetta and the surrounding metro-Atlanta area. We practice family law and handle matters related to divorce, asset […]

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The Coronavirus situation is affecting everyone in a variety of ways. For those actively involved in divorce proceedings, things could potentially be delayed or paused until further notice. Courts have set up ways to hold remote proceedings for essential matters, but many pending divorces are temporarily on hold due to the Coronavirus. Operations that are […]

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COVID-19 has affected all our lives. In Georgia, Governor Kemp’s recent Executive Order maintains existing custody orders through the stay-at-home period. For some parents, however, the Coronavirus and its restrictions prevent many parents from adhering to their existing child custody schedules as planned. If your ex takes custody of your children during the COVID-19 outbreak […]

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COVID-19 has impacted families all over the world and causes uncertainty for many parents regarding their custody agreements. If your co-parent is from an area where there are confirmed cases of Coronavirus, you may not want your children to go there. Instead of refusing to allow your ex to see the kids, you could create […]

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Can I Keep My Kids from My Ex if They’re a Healthcare Worker? Parents who are separated may face major concerns regarding the safety of their children when it comes to sharing custody during COVID-19. A parent who is a health-care worker may become exposed to the novel virus and show no symptoms. If this […]

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In the coming months, many Americans will receive a stimulus check from the federal government. The check comes from the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act also referred to as the CARES Act. The CARES Act seeks to alleviate the financial impact of COVID-19 on many individuals as well as stimulate […]

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April is Financial Literacy Month, and my line of work lets me take an abnormally deep look into how money works within a marriage. After helping more couples than I can count divide their assets, I’ve come to the conclusion that when just one spouse is solely in charge of managing the bills and saving […]

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We’re Here Through the Crisis Growing up, my family lived through a lot of change. I was born in 1983, during a time of war between Iraq and Iran. I have memories from my childhood of running to bomb shelters during the war. Eventually, my family immigrated, first to Sweden, and then to the United […]

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Childcare during such a time of social distancing caused by COVID-19 can be an extremely stressful and difficult situation to navigate. While some parents are staying home and have opted to care for their children themselves, other parents do not have this luxury. With this in mind, the State of Georgia is allowing childcare facilities […]

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Many individuals across the country and in Georgia have been affected by COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus. With many schools and workplaces shutting down, the recent changes may cause disruptions in many parenting plans. This includes disputes over travel, medical care, and custody arrangements. Because of this, many parents may have questions on how COVID-19 […]

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COVID-19 has continued to disrupt the day-to-day interactions of families throughout Georgia. For divorced parents, managing parenting time and custody agreements during the Coronavirus pandemic can add further complications to an already stressful time. With new developments happening at a rapid pace, many people are wondering if they can see their child quarantined at an […]

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You may find it difficult to figure out what to do with your children while you wait for the quarantine to be over. We would like to provide you with a few ideas for things that you can do with your children to keep your family entertained during this unprecedented time. Family Movie Nights With […]

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In the Workplace and the Home March is Women’s History Month, and March 8 is International Women’s Day. In honor of that, if you are a stay-at-home mom and you are going through a divorce, I want you to know this: You are adding incredible value to your family members’ lives. Without knowing that there […]

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I’m Persian, so in my family, we celebrate Eid-Nowruz. Nowruz has been celebrated in Iran for at least 3,000 years, and today it is celebrated all over the world in a variety of locations, including China, India, Iran, Turkey, Eastern Europe, and Egypt. In America, if you’re Iranian, chances are you’re adamant about celebrating Nowruz, […]

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The Power of Marriage Agreements There are many stereotypes about women siphoning off money from their husbands when their marriages end, but in reality, a 2016 article in the Atlantic claims that women see a 20% decline in income after a divorce. In fact, in that same article, the author argues that the person most […]

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Divorce Law Theme: Vulnerability As usual, the star-studded cast of the HBO series “Big Little Lies” does an excellent job at capturing the nuances of family dynamics and the role separation can have on them in Season 2, Episode 2. In this episode, Laura Dern’s character Renata would have benefited from a marital agreement. In […]

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If you’re divorced or in the process of getting divorced, it’s easy to fall into the trap of dreading Valentine’s Day. But Valentine’s Day is about love, and love comes in far more than one flavor. Here are three ways you can spend Valentine’s Day this year celebrating your newfound commitment to yourself: Spend Time […]

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Divorce Law Theme: Mindset In 2019, the ADLG team featured a new blog series to deep dive into the hit TV show “Big Little Lies” and analyze the family themes it addresses. We took a break from the show in the December edition of our newsletter, but we’re back to recapping the show for you […]

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And Why They’re Important to Consider The divorce rate for couples over 50 has nearly doubled in the last decade. Divorces that occur later in life, sometimes called “gray divorces,” happen for many of the same reasons as any other divorce: financial pressures, infidelity, or a desire for independence. Whatever the reason, older couples often […]

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Create One Instead of Running from It The word “vision” can instill motivation to achieve incredible things, but it can also be used as a tool for complacency when it becomes a notion we dream about from afar. At Atlanta Divorce Law Group, we strive to use vision in its most powerful light and encourage […]

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Don’t Let it Get You Down When you’re divorced, or in the midst of finalizing a divorce, the holidays can feel somber rather than merry. Filling yourself with joy might seem impossible without a house full of excited kids to make you smile. But we have some great suggestions to keep the season special for […]

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And How to Navigate Them The holidays can be a sensitive time when it comes to visitation. During a divorce, agreements are made between parents about hosting holidays and attending other family events. It can be a stressful time for both parents and children, so it’s no surprise that other parties are overlooked when it […]

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Winner of the Law Firm 500 Award It is my absolute pleasure to share that Atlanta Divorce Law Group was named Law Firm 500’s fastest-growing law firm in the country at this year’s conference! We’re completely honored and humbled to have received this award. The committee analyzed our growth over the last three years and […]

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How to Get out Happy if You Married a Narcissist Here at Atlanta Divorce Law Group, we’ve had the opportunity to work with many clients who are divorcing a narcissist in Georgia. Because there is a spectrum of narcissism, some situations may be more extreme than others; however, we’ve learned through our interactions and experiences […]

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Embracing Our Firm’s Culture at Our Recent Staff Retreat! Here at ADLG, our entire team shares a mission of eradicating the stigma associated with divorce by providing secure and happy futures for our clients. We understand family law is about helping individuals and families manage the emotional struggles of facing an uncertain future. This process […]

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Season Finale Theme: Family Law As you’ve likely noticed over the past several months, the ADLG team launched a new blog series to take a deep dive and analyze the numerous family themes addressed in the first season of the dramatic hit TV series “Big Little Lies” in preparation for the amazing second season, which […]

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Here’s a New Approach to Strengthen Your Faith and Find Genuine Gratitude It’s hard to believe that it’s already time to start preparing for Thanksgiving. It seems as though you get together with friends and family to celebrate Labor Day, you blink your eyes, and the holidays are here. As you start counting down the […]

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3 Co-Parenting Tips to Keep in Mind This Month What is the trick to making this Halloween a stress-free and fun celebration as a divorced parent? Treating your little ones to a holiday all about putting them first! You and your former spouse can take several steps to ensure your kids’ Halloween stays just as […]

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Don’t Keep Your Fears Hidden Away in the Dark With Halloween on the horizon, images of ghosts, goblins, vampires, and monsters might be making their way into your dreams. You might be staying up late to watch suspense thrillers, running through corn mazes with your teenage kids, or reimagining your front porch as a Victorian […]

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Family Law Theme: Custody In preparation for the release of the much awaited second season of the hit TV series “Big Little Lies,” which launched this last June, the ADLG team launched a new blog series to extrapolate the plethora of family themes addressed throughout the first season. Below is a condensed recap of the […]

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Over the past 3 years, our team has dedicated themselves to providing the highest quality of service resulting in many Happily Ever After Divorce® stories. We are honored and humbled to play a role in helping our clients through a challenging time in their lives. Our commitment and focus on our guiding values has been […]

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The Book We Recommend to Anyone Facing a Big Transition Long before the days of smartphones, laptops, and Netflix, books were the hot entertainment pastime. In the Elizabethan era, Shakespearean folios brought readers to tears; in the 1850s, Melville’s fictional whale terrorized characters and readers alike. Now, in modern times, readers can go online to […]

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How to Trust Someone New After Being Cheated On Infidelity certainly isn’t a fun topic to discuss, but with over 30 percent of the married population admitting on the General Social Survey to cheating on their spouses, it’s a topic that warrants a little probing. Whether you’ve been cheated on, done the cheating, or know […]

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To the Ones Who Support Us During Tough Times A little-known holiday takes place this month, and it allows us to celebrate the people who make a significant impact on the family dynamic: National Grandparents Day! No two grandparents are exactly the same. Just as there are some grandmothers who embody the sweet and nurturing […]

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You or Your Kids? Believe it or not, the first day of school is just around the corner, and while your kids may have been attending classes for quite some time now, new family dynamics can result in big struggles if not planned for properly. Whether you and your former spouse have been divorced for […]

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What’s the Best Way to Tell Your Kids About Your Divorce? Perhaps the most difficult conversation a parent can have with their child is one pertaining to an upcoming divorce. If your kids are old enough to understand the situation, then they’ll likely remember this conversation for the rest of their lives. While that definitely […]

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Family Law Theme: Therapy To help all our diligent “Big Little Lies” fans navigate their way through the second season airing every Sunday night, the team at Atlanta Divorce Law Group launched a new blog series to extrapolate numerous family law themes addressed in the first season. Below is a condensed recap of the fourth […]

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We are proud to announce that the Atlanta Divorce Law Group has been named one of the 10 Best Family Law Firms for Client Satisfaction for a third year. We thank the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys for this honor. The American Institute of Family Law Attorneys, or AIOFLA, is a highly respected third-party […]

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Don’t Forget to Keep Saying ‘Yes’ to Yourself Between all the parades, fireworks, and barbecues, it’s easy for people to forget the real reason they are celebrating the Fourth of July: America’s long sought after independence from Great Britain. When you stop to think about it, independence can be somewhat difficult to define for both […]

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But Don’t Let That Stop You from Getting Back Out There! Anyone who has had an experience with divorce — whether their parents’ or their own — knows that it can be a necessary, albeit stressful, affair. However, few know just how detrimental the stress can be. Several mental health experts agree that the four […]

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3 Local Events for Families Fourth of July festivities may seem like they monopolize the entire month, but Atlanta is hopping with all kinds of local events unrelated to the holiday. If you’re looking for ways to get your kids off the couch this summer after the fireworks stop, consider these three options that offer […]

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Family Law Theme: Therapy In preparation for the new season of “Big Little Lies,” which was released on June 9, the team at Atlanta Divorce Law Group launched a new blog series to extrapolate numerous family themes addressed in season one. Below is a condensed recap of the third blog and episode “Living the Dream.” […]

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Big Little Lies fans, rejoice! We’ve made it to the home stretch! The season two premiere is right around the corner, on June 9th. We hope that you’ve had a successful re-watch of the award-winning HBO drama and are up to speed on all things Madeline, Celeste, Jane, and the rest of the Monterey, California […]

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The countdown is on! We’re getting closer to the season two premiere of Big Little Lies. The award-winning HBO drama premieres on June 9th, which means we’re only a few weeks away from seeing what Madeline, Celeste, Jane and the rest of Monterey, California has been up to since season one. Now is the perfect […]

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As William Shakespeare once wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet,” but if you order the wrong appraisal for your divorce proceedings, it can really stink! Nearly 70% of all divorces involve real estate, and the family home is one of the most heated points of contention. Typically, the home is […]

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In honor of Father’s Day, our team wants to acknowledge all the amazing work that dads (married or single) all around the world do to provide for their children. Being a divorce firm, a great number of the cases our attorneys handle include a custody agreement. And while there have been several positive developments regarding […]

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The month of June is often filled to the brim with excitement. Amid preparing for several graduations, the first day of summer, and keeping the kids busy while they are home from school, make sure you’re able to set aside time to celebrate one of the best holidays this month: Father’s Day! There are all […]

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Family Law Theme: Domestic Violence In preparation for the new season of “Big Little Lies,” which will be released on June 9, the team at Atlanta Divorce Law Group is launching a new blog series to extrapolate numerous family themes addressed in season one. Below is a condensed recap of the second episode. “Big Little […]

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We’re just a few weeks away from season two of Big Little Lies! The award-winning HBO drama is set to premiere on June 9th. Believe it or not, it has already been more than two years since we last saw Madeline, Celeste, Jane and the rest of the Monterey, California community. Need a refresher on […]

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Who is ready for season two of Big Little Lies? We only have a few more weeks until the June 9th premiere of the award-winning HBO drama. While we wait, now is the perfect time to binge watch season one (if you haven’t started already) and to re-visit the complicated lives of Madeline, Celeste, Jane, […]

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The countdown is on! Fans of HBO’s award-winning drama Big Little Lies have about a month more to wait until the season two premiere on June 9th. Now is the perfect time to re-visit Monterey, California and the complicated lives of main characters Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. Here at Atlanta Divorce Law Group, we are […]

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Fans of the HBO hit show Big Little Lies have likely heard by now – season two of the award-winning drama will premiere on June 9th. Now is the perfect time to start your re-watch and catch your favorite moments in the complicated lives of Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. At Atlanta Divorce Law Group, we […]

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HBO recently announced that its award-winning drama Big Little Lies will return for a second season on June 9th. With about a month and a half to go until the premiere, now is the perfect time to return to Monterey, California and revisit the complicated lives of main characters Madeline, Celeste, and Jane. The team […]

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“With adoptive moms, stepmoms, birth moms, grandmas, and traditional moms all playing a role in a child’s life, the confines of a prototypical Mother’s Day celebration can often leave someone feeling left out.”      –Sara Khaki Mother’s Day is meant to symbolize a joyous moment shared between children and their moms, but for about […]

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Being a parent might be the most rewarding job in the world, but it is simultaneously the most stressful. Raising a human means you are constantly making difficult decisions. Whether those decisions are seemingly small (like which type of vegetable to sneak into your kids’ dinner) or undeniably draining (like which school you should enroll […]

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In preparation for the new season of ‘Big Little Lies,’ which will be released on June 9, the team at Atlanta Divorce Law Group is launching a new blog series to extrapolate numerous family themes addressed in season one. Below is a brief recap of the first blog. In the pilot episode, titled “Somebody’s Dead,” […]

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If you were a fan of the twisty, thrilling, enlightening, and bitingly funny first season of the hit HBO series “Big Little Lies,” then you might be counting down the days until the second season airs in June of this year. The star-studded cast — featuring Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Laura Dern, Zoë […]

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Teachers provide students with so much: a helping hand, a welcoming presence, and a boost of confidence when times get especially tough. To prepare for the upcoming Teacher Appreciation Week, and in order to show gratitude to our educators for all the hard work they do in and out of the classroom, our team here […]

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“The most important piece of advice we can give you is to remember that the hard times you’re going through now exist for a purpose, and that purpose is to achieve a better life.” -Sara Khaki Perhaps the most famous saying this time of year is “April showers bring May flowers,” a sentiment which originated […]

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March 21 marks the first day of spring, but for millions of people around the world, it’s also the start of Nowruz, the Iranian New Year or Persian New Year. This celebration coincides with the equinox, which occurs between March 19–21. For the last 3,000 years, Nowruz remains one of the most beloved, universal, and […]

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Spring break is the perfect time to take your kids on an adventure. You don’t have to worry about them getting behind on their homework, and the warmer temperatures open up a lot more locations. However, if you’re recently divorced, you might feel stuck trying to come up with fun activities that won’t break the […]

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Our entire team fundamentally believes in the value of trying to find new ways to better ourselves as individuals. Throughout our combined experiences, we’ve learned firsthand that a true commitment to personal growth has a profound effect on every single aspect of our lives. Whether that means we are each aiming to be the best […]

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While Valentine’s Day tends to inspire the bulk of the hype in February, several other holidays hold immense historical significance. One of those days falls on Feb. 12, marking the birth of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. While Lincoln is remembered for a great number of his efforts as leader of […]

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Whether you’ve been divorced for two years or 10, getting comfortable with the idea of re-entering the dating pool can be somewhat scary. This is especially true for parents whose primary concern, both during and after their divorce, is the well-being of their children. But even those who truly believe they’ll never get married again […]

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As millions of people all over the world scour busy stores for teddy bears, chocolates, and heart-covered greeting cards this Valentine’s Day, our team can’t help but think of our recently divorced clients. For those who are facing Valentine’s Day freshly single, this day can amplify feelings of stress and loneliness, because on the surface, […]

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New Year’s Day is the traditional time to celebrate new beginnings and take on challenges. According to child psychologists, kids ages 7–12 are at the ideal stage to learn some resolution-setting habits. Making resolutions with your children can be both fun and exciting and an excellent opportunity for family bonding. Here are some tips on […]

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By Certified Pilates Instructor Maria Angelova With New Year’s Eve on the horizon, people all over the world are making a list of resolutions to achieve in the upcoming year, one of the most popular being a greater focus on health and fitness. In reality, the heart of what they should be working on is […]

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New Year’s is all about change, and nothing feels like a bigger transformation or brings about more life adjustments than getting a divorce. Whether their marriage lasted for two or 20 years, when a couple chooses to end their relationship, it requires a conversation about which parts of the relationship they want to leave behind […]

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When it comes to giving gifts around the holidays, what parent doesn’t like to see their child’s face light up after ripping off the wrapping paper? Wanting to buy that special something for your kid is understandable, but make sure that you avoid getting caught up in the vicious game of trying to out-gift your […]

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Holiday breaks can be the bane of a parent’s existence. Moms and Dads start off the break with idyllic images in their heads: snuggling, making hot cocoa, and going for nice strolls in the crisp winter air. Most often than not, these amazing plans quickly devolve and parents go into mere survival mode. You may […]

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This time of year, everyone seems to be dusting off old family traditions as they prepare for the merriment on the horizon. At some point during this month, you’ll probably dress up for an ugly-sweater party, exchange white-elephant presents, and watch “A Christmas Story” at least 10 times. Alongside these joyous holiday customs, for a […]

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Re-entering the dating pool following a divorce is a unique process that embodies its own set of guidelines. You are not only tasked with determining what kind of partner is best for you right now, but you also have to evaluate yourself after this huge life transformation. You have inevitably changed since the day you […]

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While the upcoming holiday season is typically chock-full of abounding merriment, delectable treats, and well-ingrained family traditions, if you have gone through a recent divorce, the holiday routines you’ve grown to know and love will have to undergo big changes to mirror the transformations you’ve recently made. If this is your first year separated from […]

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In 1850, American author, Nathaniel Hawthorne published perhaps his most famous work of historical fiction, The Scarlet Letter. I’m willing to bet that the last time most people opened this book, they skimmed the story just enough to pass their high school English test. So to help those of you who forgot the story line, […]

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With Halloween on the horizon, it’s worth noting that fear plays a curious role in people’s lives. Whether people are searching for the scariest Halloween costumes for their kids or trying to pick the most suspenseful murder-mystery film, frightful feelings are often at the forefront of their mind. While the terror that accompanies these Halloween […]

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Building connections with other people is a fundamental aspect of what it means to be human. Whether you are talking with a friend, parent, sister or brother, or even your grocer at the local market, in order to engage in real conversation, you have to have some kind of mutual trust. Conceptually speaking, getting another […]

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October is always associated with all things Halloween, but not many people are aware that this month is also recognized as National Emotional Wellness Month. According to a 2013 study, 80 percent of U.S. employees report experiencing high levels of stress while at work. This suggests that work-related concerns are some of the leading stressors […]

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To some families, getting back into the school routine can provide comfort and stability. For families going through a divorce, even attempting to create a routine can be frustrating or even impossible. Many divorced couples get so caught up in navigating their own emotional minefields that they underestimate the effect their separation is having on […]

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Why do humans crave routine? Why do days feel more comfortable and more productive when the same series of habits are repeated? In a world where spontaneity is celebrated and creativity is rewarded, I’ve always found it ironic that the human race (myself included) spends so much of the day trying to replicate the previous […]

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Today, divorce is a frequent occurrence. Read a book, turn on the TV, or go to the movie theater and the narrative you’ll discover is bound to include the separation of two formerly happy married characters. The prevalence of divorce in fiction reflects its presence in the real world. In 2018, one divorce happens every […]

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Atlanta Divorce Law Group is excited to announce our new family law service: Mediated Settlement Conferences. What is a Mediated Settlement Conference? It is a meeting during which both parties and an Atlanta Divorce Law Group attorney sit down together in a conference room and discuss every detail of the divorce settlement. The attorney acts […]

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In divorce law, mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR) in which a neutral or impartial person facilitates discussions between the parties in an attempt to settle their divorce. The process is flexible, confidential, and offers the couple an opportunity to resolve their issues and avoid the courtroom. It can also help the […]

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If you are in the middle of the divorce process or contemplating divorce – you may want to consider acting sooner rather than later to finalize your divorce. Under the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the payors of alimony will no longer be allowed to claim alimony as a tax deduction.

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In most cases, the parent who has physical custody claims the children, even if Dad is paying child support. But the majority of divorce decrees addresses this issue, so always check your divorce decree first to see what was ordered.

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Most of the people who call our office for help ask about what the divorce process looks like and how much time it will take.

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This is one of the most common questions we get day in and day out. If you need to file for a divorce, child custody matter, Legitimation or other family law matter, and the opposing party lives in another state – how do you know where to file?

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Wouldn’t it be great if there was a type of therapy that rather than trying to fix your marriage, would analyze your relationship and tell you if it was salvageable or not? Now there is – it’s called Discernment Counseling.

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For many of our clients, it takes some time after their divorce to feel ready to start dating seriously again. This is especially true for our divorced parents whose primary concern, both during and after their divorce, is the wellbeing of their children.

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As you go through a divorce, you may experience feelings of anger, betrayal, or loss. The last thing you want to lose is time with your children. This holds true for both Mothers and Fathers.

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Things have changed drastically with the evolution of communication. Now text messages, emails and other electronic forms of communication are acceptable forms of evidence in court.

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The ability to pay attorney fees is a common concern for those about to go through a divorce. For example, if you are a spouse who gave up a career to raise your children, or don’t have access to the marital financial accounts, there are ways to retain an attorney.

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As a father, if your child was born out of wedlock, you have no right to custody or visitation rights in the State of Georgia until the child is legitimized. As such, your child is missing out on some important rights.

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Interviewer: You talk a lot about kids in your blogs, but I don’t have kids. However, my ex and I are still in communication because we are trying to sell our marital home.

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It can be frustrating when your ex doesn’t follow the rules set forth in your divorce decree and parenting plan after divorce.

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My topic this week is prompted by an issue that has come up in my own life, and I see come up over and over with clients – what to do with negative or concerning information said by the children regarding their other parent or other parent’s home.

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School is now back in full swing, and many newly divorced parents are having to adjust to parenting during the school year from separate households. The following tips can help ensure your children’s success.

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Many of us bristle at the idea of going to therapy. Paying someone to listen to us talk about our problems may seem self-indulgent and unlikely to have value.

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No matter how amicable your divorce, it is hard for children to adjust to their parent being in a new relationship. If your divorce was contentious and/or you and your ex have conflicts about co-parenting, then it is typically even more difficult for children to adjust to a parent in a new relationship.

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There are a number of adjustments children and parents must make after divorce, and one is the children going back and forth between two homes.

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In my last post, I discussed the advice from the parenting coach regarding implementing five family rules. In addition to this, she gave my boyfriend and I some helpful advice for controlling negative behaviors.

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Interviewer: I’m getting a divorce. My soon to be ex-spouse has taken out all our money and closed our bank and credit card accounts. What do I do?

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When dating with children, one thing that becomes apparent after spending significant time together is that each family has their own rules and ways of addressing behavior issues.

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This continues with part three of my series regarding working together with my boyfriend with a parenting coach. In our second session with the counselor, I brought up an issue that may seem insignificant but is very common when dating with children.

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This continues my series regarding my experience working with a parenting coach together with my boyfriend. My first post was about keeping structure and a routine in place for your children and can be found here.

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Interviewer: I’m really worried about my kids when they are with my ex. I’m not sure if it’s just me or if there is really a problem, but my kids are really young and can’t speak for themselves. What should I do?

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My boyfriend and I have been dating for a year, and several months ago began seeing a parenting coach to discuss general parenting issues as well as working toward blending time with his two young daughters and my son.

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I often hear, “I would love to come to counseling, but my husband/wife won’t come.” I get it. Marriage counseling is often thought of as the last thing you do before you get divorced.

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Summer days are quickly approaching, and this means no school! It’s time to find some activities for your kids. If your family has recently gone through a stressful transition, summer brings with it a great opportunity to bring some fun and joy into you and your children’s life.

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Clients going through a divorce usually come into their attorney’s office very focused on fault – the other spouse was a habitual cheater and left them for someone else, treated them poorly, could never keep a job, spent money excessively, etc.

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Lauren Dack is an experienced Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and Professional Counselor (LPC) in the state of Georgia.

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Interviewer: You know it’s Mother’s Day and Memorial Day this month; hopefully, all our mother’s out there are getting to spend the day with their kids!

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Our legal team has handled hundreds of cases with issues surrounding the parent’s ability or inability to co-parent. Our attorney, Jeanette Soltys also shares joint physical custody of her son with her ex-husband.

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Attorney Jeanette Soltys: Happily Ever After Divorce is about approaching the divorce process with the goal of helping get the client to a better place after the divorce than when they first come to our office.

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Interviewer: Our Tip of the Month is about encouraging the children affected by divorce to express how they feel. Do you have any success stories where you felt the children were really protected during the divorce process despite the conflict between the parents?

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Attorney Jeanette Soltys: Unless the custody order or settlement agreement says otherwise, there is no need to provide a detailed itinerary to the other parent of what you do during your own parenting time.

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In an ideal world, divorced parents would put aside their negative feelings about one another to peacefully co-parent. The best situation for the children is for both parents to keep open communication and work together to make decisions about the children and maintain consistency between both homes.

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Child custody in Georgia has two components: legal custody and physical custody. The legal custodian is the parent who makes important decisions regarding the child, particularly on the matters of health, education, extracurricular activities, and religion.

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One of the most important things you can do during the divorce process to work towards a favorable outcome is practice self-care.

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There are two primary ways for grandparents to obtain custody of their grandchildren over the parent(s)’ objection: petition for custody under O.C.G.A. § 19-7-1(b.1), or file a dependency petition in Juvenile Court.

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Protecting your children’s needs during the divorce process is so vital to their emotional health. Children need structure, and their former structure has been ripped from under them.

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There’s no question divorce carries a heavy psychological burden. You are in mourning for the death of your marriage, and that’s natural, no matter your current feelings towards your spouse.

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Your first step is to either file on your own or hire an attorney to help you with the divorce. If there are any sort of issues between you and your spouse, it’s probably a good idea to hire an attorney so you are fairly represented during the process.

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Marriage is supposedly “’til death we do part.” For roughly 40 percent of married couples – statistics vary – that isn’t going to be the case.

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When it comes to your children, you need to make sure that you are working with someone who knows the laws pertaining to custody and how they will affect your and your situation.

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Adoption may be your second choice, but it is not second best. Adopting is a beautiful way to grow your family, and unlike infertility treatments, having a baby is almost guaranteed to happen.

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When one member of the marriage files, that is the official beginning of the divorce process. A divorce filing out of the blue is the exception, not the rule.

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Many states request, and some even require, that a parenting class is taken by both parents before a divorce is finalized by the judge. Georgia requires both parents to take a parenting class.

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If you have children; make sure your holiday parenting plan is in place well ahead of time:
Ensuring that both you and your ex-spouse are on the same page with the children’s schedule will reduce a lot of stress and heated emotions during the holidays.

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Most states nowadays have implemented no-fault divorces in which a party seeking a divorce need not provide a reason for ending the marriage other than that the marriage has been permanently broken.

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Like all major decisions in life, going through a divorce requires a bit of planning. One of the factors many people need to plan for is how to pay for their legal fees.

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You may have an amicable divorce, and if you do, we commend you and your former spouse. But if you’re in the midst of a bitter divorce, your spouse is not likely to hold back any punches.

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With school back in session, you and your kids have more things going in your lives. This can cause some additional stress and tension for divorced parents who will need to communicate to establish logistics and routines for their children’s school and extracurricular activities.

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Money usually plays a vital part in all divorce proceedings. Next to child custody, money is one of the most fought about subjects in a divorce.

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Medical insurance coverage is a major concern for any person approaching divorce or in the middle of their divorce proceedings.

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I recently read this book on the recommendation of a highly respected local therapist, Marsha Schechtman. Marsha provides services such as co-parenting counseling and divorce coaching.

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Jeanette Soltys has focused her practice on custody cases for nearly a decade, with trial experience in every type of custody case.

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This fantastic article was written by Raina Kelley and published in Newsweek on May 20, 2010. The original text can be found here.

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Adoption may be your second choice, but it is not second best. Adopting is a beautiful way to grow your family, and unlike infertility treatments, having a baby is almost guaranteed to happen.

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The following article was written by Kelly Greene and published in the Wall Street Journal on July 9, 2011. The original article can be found here.

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Almost all divorcing individuals are concerned with minimizing legal fees during their divorce. Following these five tips can help you avoid common mistakes that lead to high attorney fees.

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