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At Meriwether & Tharp, LLC, our experienced family law attorneys recognize that domestic troubles can be extremely emotionally and financially taxing on families. We are ready and willing to meet with you and provide you with the information that you need to address your specific domestic issue, and strategize about how you can meet your goal as amicably and cost effectively as possible. We provide quality legal services in a wide variety of family law areas.
Family Law Information
Child Custody & Visitation Modifications
Child Support Modifications
In Georgia, in instances where the mother and the father were never married, the mother of the child may obtain an order for child support by seeking and obtaining an order establishing the paternity of the child and the father’s child support obligation. See O.C.G.A. §§ 19-7-40 et seq., 19-11-14, and 19-7-49(a)...
In Georgia, family violence, better known as domestic violence, is defined as: “…the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household...
In Georgia, adoption is a legal process by which a court, via a Court Order, declares one person to be the legal child of the adoptive parent or parents. Typically, only minors are adopted by adoptive parents; however, it is permissible in Georgia for one adult to adopt another. This process is called adult adoption...
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
An ante-nuptial agreement, commonly referred to as a pre-nuptial agreement or “pre-nup,” is a contract entered into by a couple prior to marriage that divides the couple’s assets in case of divorce. See generally O.C.G.A. § 19-3-62. Many people associate pre-nuptial agreements with those who are very wealthy or famous, but anyone who wishes to protect his or her separate or pre-marital property in the event of divorce should consider entering into a pre-nuptial agreement prior to marriage...
Grandparent Visitation Rights
Georgia law recognizes that it is extremely important for children to not only have a relationship with both parents, but to maintain a healthy relationship with their grandparents as well. See O.C.G.A. § 19-7-3 (c)(3). Due to this recognition, Georgia law allows grandparents to seek and establish a legally enforceable visitation arrangement with their grandchild or grandchildren in certain circumstances...
Post Judgment Review & Appeals
In general, Georgia law provides three main remedies for those who believe that the judge presiding over their family law matter made an error of law in deciding to the final judgment in their case...
Georgia law does not recognize the concept of “legal separation.” However, for those in Georgia who wish to remain married but live separately and apart, there is a legal action called Separate Maintenance. Separate maintenance is a domestic relations action in Georgia that may be filed by either spouse...