When you feel like your family is falling apart and you are losing control, you need an attorney who will listen to your issues with kindness and compassion and help you develop a plan to move forward. We understand issues involving child custody, divorce and domestic violence are highly emotional and that you need someone who will listen to what you have to say and provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision about what steps you should take next.
- Divorce – Georgia has both contested and uncontested divorces. While a “no fault” divorce is the most common, there are issues where couples simply cannot come to an agreement. We are here to ensure the best interests of your children are addressed and to make sure marital property including investments, pensions, retirement accounts and marital businesses are divided equitably.
- Child Support and Custody – normally one of the most stringent disagreements between divorcing couples is the handling of child custody and support payments. The courts will generally want to ensure a child has a strong relationship with both parents. This means the parents must have a plan for parenting and that each parent provides financially for the child’s needs. The courts will typically take the best interests of the child into consideration and will look at what the parental relationship was with the child prior to the divorce, the willingness of the parents to ensure the non-custodial parent has access to the child and more. We can help you through this process and ensure the court understands your position.
- Adoptions – as exciting as adopting a child is, there are numerous legal hurdles which must be overcome. Adoptive parents are subject to home visits, fingerprinting and will also be asked to provide references as well as access to their finances. We can help u through this process and make sure you understand everything that is required and help you welcome a new addition to your family.
- Legitimation/Paternity – children have a right to know both of their parents. When a man and woman are not married and have a child, there is a legal process that must be used to ensure the birth father has visitation rights and the child has a strong relationship with both parents.
- Domestic Violence – victims of domestic violence often do not know where to turn for help. We understand this is a difficult time and that you may be fearful. We can help you understand your rights and the remedies available under the laws of Georgia to help keep you safe from a person who is victimizing or threatening you with bodily harm.
- Juvenile Dependency – when a parent is accused of neglect or abuse of a child, the child may be taken into custody by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). In these cases, parents rights are on the line but in order to maintain custody, the state must present evidence that the child was harmed or neglected in a dependency hearing. We represent parents rights and can help you through this difficult time; we know you are frightened and we know you are confused. Call our offices immediately if you have been notified by DFCS that a complaint of abuse or neglect has been filed. We can help protect your parental rights.
We understand how difficult it is to deal with these very emotional issues and we are prepared to listen to everything you have to say and will take the time to go through all of your options. We know families are under a great deal of stress and need our kindness and compassion. If you are facing any of these family law issues, contact The Law Offices of McGuire & Bullard at (678) 432-1100. We proudly offer family law solutions in Clayton County, Fayette County, Henry County and throughout the state of Georgia.