Custody Labels – Do They Matter?

Rachel K. Miller, Esq.Custody, Divorce

Custody Attorneys in Atlanta | Richardson, Bloom, & Lines

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

Divorce Drama vs. Divorce Reality

Rachel K. Miller, Esq.Child Support, Custody, Divorce

Georgia Divorce Law Firm | Richardson, Bloom, & Lines

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

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 6

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

Divorce Process in Atlanta | Richardson, Bloom, & Lines

It took the court six months after the 120-Day Status Conference for the Court to find three consecutive days to set aside for the trial. The day of trial arrived, and we were ready to proceed. When we arrived in the courtroom, we asked the judge for a pre-trial conference in one final effort to try to settle the case. … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 5

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

Georgia Divorce Attorneys | Richardson, Bloom, & Lines

Sam had provided all of the discovery responses, and the depositions had been completed. From Sam’s testimony at his deposition, I learned what Sam perceived Annie’s flaws to be and how he thought she had contributed to the end of their marriage. Sam decided not to exercise his privilege against self-incrimination, and testified about his numerous affairs. Annie was extremely … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 3

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

Since Annie wanted to file for divorce right away, we drafted a complaint for divorce for her to review. We convinced her to allege in the complaint that the marriage was irretrievably broken rather than to allege she wanted a divorce because of Sam’s adultery. We thought that would both protect their children from learning about the affair and keep … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 2

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

Richardson, Bloom, & Line | Atlanta, GA Divorce Law Firm

Read Chapter 1 “I’m so angry, and I’m terrified. It’s impossible for anyone to get a job in the newspaper business anymore, and I haven’t worked in 20 years. What am I going to do? And you know what else? Sam doesn’t even want a divorce. He wants us to go to counseling again.” We talked a little bit about … Read More

Co-parenting After Divorce is Hard. Here’s Some Blunt Advice.

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesCustody, Divorce

Atlanta Custody Lawyers | Richardson, Bloom, & Lines

In 1994, in Cass County, Minnesota, now retired Judge Michael Haas had (nearly) 200 blunt words for the divorcing parents appearing before him. More than 20 years later, Judge Haas’ words still resonate. In fact, Judge Haas’ advice to those divorcing parents was so profound that it was published as part of Ann Landers’s advice column in 2001, and has … Read More

What Is a Guardian ad litem?

Kyla LinesCustody, Information

A Guardian ad litem is someone appointed by the Court to represent the child or children in a legal dispute concerning the children's custody or welfare.

Judges often appoint a Guardian ad litem (GAL) in family law cases involving child custody. If you find yourself in that situation, it is important to understand the role of the GAL and effective ways to communicate with them. What is a GUARDIAN AD LITEM? A GAL is someone (usually an attorney) appointed by the Court to represent the child or children … Read More