Families come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, so it is not surprising that family issues can sometimes cause friction or disputes. In some situations, you may even need legal assistance to help resolve your problem.
A Fulton County family lawyer from our firm is standing by to help you with any legal issue you may have. We are familiar with a wide range of family law matters, from marriage to adoption to divorce, and everything in between. Experienced attorneys can sit down with you to understand your specific situation and advise you on your possible legal options, including—if necessary—any court actions. We can also represent you in any court proceedings, including civil lawsuits.
To enter into a valid marriage in the state of Georgia, both individuals must generally be at least 18 years of age, unmarried, and of sound mind, according to Official Code of Georgia Annotated §19-3-2. However, those under 18 years of age may, under limited circumstances, marry if their parents or guardians consent. Under O.C.G.A. §19-3-37, the minimum age of marriage with parental consent is 16 for both individuals.
A valid marriage in Georgia requires a marriage license, which must be issued by a probate court judge or their clerk at a county courthouse, as per O.C.G.A. §19-3-30. To obtain a license, both parties must provide basic biographical information, including their names, dates of birth, and current addresses, according to O.C.G.A. §19-3-33. They must also state, under oath, that there is no legal impediment to the marriage.
After the marriage ceremony occurs, O.C.G.A. §19-3-30 mandates that the license must be returned to the same probate court within 30 days to be recorded. Those who need further information on marriage requirements and procedures in Georgia may benefit from speaking to a Fulton County family attorney about their situation.
In order to adopt a child in Georgia, O.C.G.A. §19-8-3 states that an individual must:
To initiate adoption proceedings, a prospective parent must usually file an adoption petition in the county in which they reside, according to O.C.G.A. §19-8-2. In certain situations, however, the adoption may be filed in the county where the adoption agency is located.
Additionally, under O.C.G.A. §19-8-4, all adoptions generally require a voluntary and written surrender of all rights to the child by any living biological parent. If the child is 14 years of age or older, they must also consent to the adoption in writing. A family lawyer in Fulton County may be able to provide additional information on adoption rules and procedures for prospective parents.
To file for divorce in Georgia, an individual must file a divorce petition with a county court. Georgia courts generally only grant divorces if one party has been a resident of the state for at least six months prior to the filing of the divorce petition, according to O.C.G.A. §19-5-2.
Under O.C.G.A. §19-5-5, the divorce petition must disclose the date of the marriage, the date of separation, and whether the couple has any minor children. Additionally, in cases where property distribution or alimony are at issue, the petition must also provide a list of the property and earnings of each party. Fulton County family lawyers may be able to provide further information on divorce petitions and the entire divorce process.
Your family can often be one of the best aspects of your life. Sometimes, though, difficult family matters may arise. In such situations, contacting a qualified attorney may be a good first step to solving the problem.
If you have a family law issue, get in touch with a Fulton County family lawyer immediately. Our team of seasoned attorneys can review your case and provide you with the legal resources you need. We can work with you to help you decide how best to resolve your situation and, if court appearances are necessary, represent you to help defend your rights. Call today to speak with our intake team and start exploring your options.
By: Devin N