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The Wise Law Firm focuses exclusively on family law including divorce, custody, child support, alimony, visitation, property settlement agreements, modifications of previous court orders, paternity and legitimation actions, mediation, adoption, name changes, temporary protective orders, litigation and contempt actions.  

 

Family law matters and issues can be contentious and are often emotional. The Wise Law Firm endeavors to fully understand our client´s individual circumstances while helping the client remain calm and focused during the legal process.  The Wise Law Firm thoroughly investigates the facts of each case and carefully analyzes each issue in order to provide our clients with the most accurate counsel to achieve the best possible outcome.

 

Conveniently located in Marietta, the Wise Law Firm serves families and individuals throughout the metro Atlanta area, including matters in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton and Paulding counties.

 Divorce

Divorce in Georgia

Divorce affects virtually every family in the country. In many cases, the parties involved may not understand the sometimes complex issues involved in a divorce.  Marriage is a civil contract that the State has an interest in preserving.  In order to move forward with a divorce proceeding, one spouse must have lived in Georgia and the Court proceeding must be in the Georgia County where the Defendant resides. The Wise Law Firm serves families and individuals all over Georgia including but not limited to the following counties:  Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Newton and Paulding.

Divorce matters and issues can be contentious and are often emotional. The Wise Law Firm endeavors to fully understand every client´s individual circumstances while helping the client remain calm and focused during the legal process.  The Wise Law Firm has successfully handled hundreds of cases achieving the best possible outcome for each client. If you would like to speak with an experienced divorce attorney, please contact the Wise Law Firm for a free consultation

 Custody

​Child Custody in Georgia

Child Custody disputes are emotional and are oftentimes extremely complex.  The Wise Law Firm has successfully handled hundreds of cases involving children and we are committed to helping every client navigate through the complicated steps of their child custody case. During the child custody proceedings, the Judge will act with your child's best interests in mind, considering your child's health, safety and comfort.  Normally, once the Judge awards custody, the decision cannot be amended unless there is a significant change in circumstances.

Under Georgia law, there are two types of custody: physical and legal. Legal custody provides that parents shall have legal rights to the child.  Under legal custody, one parent is usually designated to have final-decision making authority regarding the child's education, health care, extracurricular activities and religious training. In most cases, both parents are considered "joint legal" custodians while one parent is labeled the primary physical custodian of the child.  The primary physical custodian is the parent with whom the child resides most of the time. If you would like to speak with an experienced family law attorney, please contact the Wise Law Firm for a free consultation

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 Child Support

 Child Support in Georgia

The Wise Law Firm is committed to ensuring Georgia's children are appropriately supported by both parents after a divorce. Adequate child support is required by Georgia law for a parent's minor children and is usually in the form of financial support. In January 2007, Georgia changed from only considering the income of the parent obligated to pay child support to an "income sharing child support model," which takes into account the income of both parents.  

Child support is required to support a child until the child reaches the age of 18, dies, graduates from high school, marries, emancipates or joins the military, however, support can be extended past the age of 18, such as the case of a child who is still in high school (up to the age of 20). It is extremely important that you seek experienced counsel to make sure that you and your child (or children) are protected under Georgia law. If you would like to speak with an experienced family law attorney, please contact the Wise Law Firm for a free consultation

 Alimony

 Alimony in Georgia

Alimony or spousal support is financial support paid by an ex-spouse to the other during and/or after a divorce.  Alimony is a need based and ability to pay award.  There must be a need by one spouse and the paying spouse must have the ability to pay spousal support on a temporary or permanent basis.  Temporary alimony is sometimes granted during the divorce process to financially assist one spouse until the final divorce decree is issued by the Court. In the final divorce decree, a Court order for alimony may or may not be included even if temporary alimony was ordered on a temporary basis. The purpose of alimony is to provide reasonable and necessary support for the non-wage earning or lower-wage earning spouse.  

Georgia law states that to be eligible for alimony the parties must have been legally married.  An award of alimony is determined on a case by case basis and is either agreed to by the parties or ordered by the Court.  When the Court is asked to determine whether or not to grant alimony, the Court may consider evidence pertaining to the conduct of the spouses during the marriage. If you would like to speak with an experienced family law attorney, please contact the Wise Law Firm for a free consultation.