Top Five Reasons We Love Mediation

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesDivorce, Mediation

Each of the partners at Richardson Bloom & Lines LLC enjoys taking a break from our busy litigation practices to help people resolve their cases in mediation. Melody, Dan, and Kyla have helped countless couples and their counsel reach agreements by acting as the mediator. Here are the top five reasons we love to mediate: It is exactly because our … Read More

Sibling Decisions: Will Georgia Courts Split Children Who Want to Live with Different Parents?

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesCustody, Divorce

Divorce is tough on the whole family, but children can take it especially hard. For example, studies indicate that children will remember exactly where they were when their parents told them they were getting divorced. Studies also suggest that recalling that memory is painful for children. If that conversation is painful, imagine the turmoil your child would go through if … Read More

When Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live With in Georgia?

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesCustody, Divorce

The court will consider a wide variety of factors when determining where a child should live in a divorce proceeding or a child custody dispute in Georgia. All of those factors focus on what will be in the best interests of the child. If joint physical custody is not possible, the court will carefully consider which parent can offer the … Read More

The Unique Challenges of a Gray Divorce

Melody Z. RichardsonDivorce

Google “gray divorce” and you will find hundreds of articles on the subject. According to research, while divorce rates are trending downward in general, the number of couples getting divorced in their 50s and 60s is increasing. Why does this merit so much attention? The simple answer is that if one is 40 and getting a divorce, there are 25 … Read More

Children and Divorce: What the Research Tells Us

Daniel A. BloomChild Support, Custody, Divorce

By: Daniel A. Bloom and Rachel K. Miller Imagine this scenario: you are thinking about divorce, but do not want anyone to know yet. Your mind is flooded with questions. What do you do? Most people will do the same thing with their divorce concerns that they do with their medical concerns – Google It! While Google is a wonderful … Read More

Types of Child Custody in Georgia

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesCustody, Divorce

Child custody is an emotionally charged issue. Most parents want to be a large part of their child’s life post-divorce, and feel that retaining custody of the child is an integral piece. Many parents assume that there is only one type of child custody, but, in Georgia, there are two distinct types of custody: legal and physical custody. Both types … Read More

Custody Labels – Do They Matter?

Rachel K. MillerCustody, Divorce

Parents become very focused on labels when dealing with child custody matters.  Family law practitioners often hear the following from their clients: “I need to be designated as primary parent!” or “I will not agree to joint custody”.  Of course, clients do not know that Georgia law does not reference the term “primary physical custody”.  Neither parent needs to be … Read More

Foul Play? What this HBO Series ‘Divorce’ Depicts

Melody Z. RichardsonDivorce

I frequently receive articles in my news feed with headlines such as “Divorce System Prompts Bitter Couples to Use Kids as Weapons.” The first paragraph of that particular article noted that “the epic hatred” between the author’s friend and the friend’s former husband played out in an acrimonious custody battle that “scarred the boys’ psyches in ways both awful and … Read More

HOW TO REFORM A BERT BELL/PETE ROZELLE QDRO

Melody Z. RichardsonDivorce

Christopher John Doleman, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2012, was one of the best and most tenacious right defensive end players in the history of the NFL. Several years after he retired from the NFL, his tenacity on the gridiron manifested itself in line-of-duty orthopedic injuries. As a result, the Bert Bell/Pete Rozelle NFL … Read More

Divorce Drama vs. Divorce Reality

Rachel K. MillerChild Support, Custody, Divorce

While TV shows and movies do a great job at encouraging families that divorce is not as taboo as we used to believe, the media does not do a great job at illustrating what a true divorce looks like.  There are many creative liberties taken!  Here are some examples: In the opening scene of the Wedding Crashers movie, we see … Read More