Every person’s family is unique, and each family has its own set of joys and challenges. Sometimes, however, you or your family may have legal questions and need the assistance of a qualified attorney. When it comes to family law issues in Georgia, a Cobb County family lawyer could be your strongest ally.

An experienced legal team is familiar with different kinds of family law cases, including divorces, adoptions, and other common situations. If you choose to retain one from the firm, a dedicated attorney could review your specific situation and legal options, represent you both in and out of court, and work on your behalf to achieve a positive outcome for you.

Adding to Cobb County Families

Adoption is a common family law issue. Many prospective parents want to know how to initiate the adoption process, file an adoption petition, and ensure the entire process proceeds smoothly. Since there are many different types of adoptions, though, contacting a Cobb County family attorney for assistance with the process is generally a good first move.

Under the Official Code of Georgia Annotated §19-8-3, any adult may petition to adopt a child as long as they:

  • Are at least 25 years old or married and living with their spouse
  • Are at least 10 years older than the child
  • Have been living in Georgia for at least the previous six months
  • Are financially, mentally, and physically able to care for the child

Generally, according to O.C.G.A. §19-8-2, prospective parents must file adoption papers in their own county of residence. Such a petition usually contains biographical information about the child and the adoptive parents.

Additionally, the child’s biological parents must consent to the adoption, as per O.C.G.A. §19-8-4. If the child is 14 years of age or older, they must also consent to the adoption.

How a Lawyer Could Help with Dissolution of a Marriage

Generally, there are two methods of dissolving a marriage in Georgia: annulment and divorce. Annulments are usually restricted to marriages that are void under state law, according to O.C.G.A. §19-4-1. Individuals may file for an annulment under O.C.G.A. §19-3-5 if either spouse:

  • Is unable to enter into a contract due to mental deficiency or incompetence
  • Was fraudulently induced to enter into the marriage

Additionally, marriages between certain relatives are invalid, as per O.C.G.A. §19-3-3. Individuals in such a marriage may be able to file for an annulment.

In most other instances, however, married individuals must file for divorce. The divorce process generally includes a divorce petition, allocation of marital property, and determination of alimony or child support. For further information on annulments or divorces, interested individuals should call a family lawyer in Cobb County as soon as possible.

Contact a Cobb County Family Law Attorney

Sometimes, family issues arise that are too challenging for you to resolve on your own. You may be wondering how to proceed with a divorce, unsure how to fill out adoption paperwork correctly, or preoccupied with any number of other valid family law problems.

A Cobb County family lawyer from the firm may be able to help resolve your problem. A compassionate attorney could sit down with you and talk about your situation. Then, they could do any research necessary to give you the best advice possible.

A lawyer’s goal is to work with you to help resolve your family law issues. Our family attorneys are familiar with all aspects of Georgia family law, so give our intake team a call today to find out what a legal professional can do for you.

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