If you are facing a divorce, it is critical to have an experienced attorney by your side, guiding you through the process and protecting your interests. While this may be the first time you are going through the divorce process, we have been through it many times. You can rely on our extensive experience to advocate for the best possible outcome for you and your family. The issues settled during a divorce can have a dramatic effect on the rest of your life – your financial well-being, where you live, and how often you can see your children can all be impacted. At Steele Law Firm, we first aim to listen to you and work to understand your unique situation. Then, based upon what you tell us, we develop a plan to help you resolve the financial, legal and emotional issues you are encountering.
Contested, Uncontested, Partially Contested Divorce
Whether your case is contested (meaning you and your spouse cannot agree on custody and how to divide your assets and debts), partially contested, or uncontested (meaning you and your spouse have agreed upon all issues of division of marital assets and debts, alimony, child custody, a parenting time schedule and child support), we can guide you through the legal process and advocate for the best outcome for you.
We know divorce can be a stressful time for your entire family. The more you and your spouse can agree upon ahead of time, the easier the entire process will before everyone. However, if the two of you cannot reach an agreement, we will place your case on the Court’s calendar for trial and the Court will ultimately make critical decisions for you, your family, and your children. While it is our job to clearly communicate your wants and needs to the Court, the Court sometimes makes decisions contrary to what either “side” may want. This is why we work so hard to resolve your case prior to trial.
Guardian ad Litem
The divorce process may also include a Guardian ad Litem who conducts an investigation and makes a report to the court regarding the custodial arrangement and parenting time schedule that he/she believes is in the best interests of the minor children involved. A Guardian ad Litem is either selected by the judge or agreed upon by the parties.
Child Custody and Child Support
In addition to divorce cases, there are several types of cases that involve child custody, parents’ visitation rights, and child support.
A paternity case establishes who the legal father of a child is, establishes rights of inheritance between the father and child, and establishes child support. No custody nor parenting time rights are determined in a paternity case.
In addition to the rights and obligations established in a paternity case, a legitimation case also addresses custody and parenting time rights.
Once a Final Order has been entered by the court, your case is completed and closed. However, circumstances sometimes change and a final order needs to be modified. There are a number of factors that impact whether and when custody, visitation and child support should be altered. Some of these factors are: a significant change in the income of one or both parents, a move by one parent, a child’s election to live primarily with the non-custodial parent, a significant increase in expenses for a child, and the length of time since the entry of the most recent court order. If you have any questions about whether it is appropriate to modify your court order, contact us.
You can rely on our extensive experience to advocate for your and your family’s best possible outcome.
Other Family Law Matters
Our firm routinely handles family law matters in the Superior and Probate Courts of Georgia. While this website provides an overview of the types of cases we handle, every case is different depending upon the facts. What you might consider an insignificant detail could dramatically alter how we would handle your case. Please call us with any questions you have about your unique situation.
In addition to the types of cases presented elsewhere in this website, we also handle:
Contempt and Other Post-Divorce Enforcement
Sometimes court orders are not followed and action must be taken to enforce them. Other times, additional steps must be taken to ensure that the terms of a court’s order are implemented. Intervention can be as simple as sending a letter or document to the appropriate person or as involved as filing a contempt action against the non-compliant party.
Grandparents’ and Family Members’ Rights
Under certain circumstances, grandparents and other family members may file for custody and visitation with grandchildren and other young relatives. As this area of family law is constantly evolving, it is critical that you receive up-to-date advice before beginning any legal action that would impact your future relationships with your family. If you are already involved in such a case, we can also help by proposing innovative solutions or advocating for you in court.
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Ms. Steele is experienced in drafting well-crafted nuptial agreements and she can provide detailed analysis of the agreements drafted by other attorneys.
Settlement Agreement Analysis
There are occasions in family law where individuals work hard to resolve their own disputes. If you have reached a tentative agreement and would like it professionally reviewed prior to signing it, call us. We can offer a legal analysis of its terms and its long-term impact on you.