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Lance N. Owen handles our firm's family law matters. More than three-fourths of the civil cases filed in the Georgia Superior Courts are family law cases.   If you are visiting our website there is a good chance that you have questions about a particular family law matter. The internet absolutely full of misleading information. Legal advice from family and friends is often inaccurate. Mr. Owen regularly encounters many of the same family law questions from clients and prospective clients.  It is his hope that the content you have reviewed on our website including the various articles that have been posted will lead you to make contact with our firm to schedule an appointment to discuss the particularities of your situation. These articles DO NOT constitute legal advice. If an article is relevant to your particular legal situation you should understand that it is merely intended to provide a very general preview of matters that would be discussed in detail during a face-to-face consultation Mr. Owen.   The law is constantly changing and some of the information in these articles might be obsolete.  Finally, please recognize that very small details often have a big influence on the advice that we give our clients.

February 28, 2013

Are Prenuptial Agreements Legal and Enforceable?

By Lance Owen | Posted in Divorce | No comments

Prenuptial agreements (also referred to as antenuptial agreements) recognize the respective rights of each party in the event of the death of either party or in the event of divorce. These agreements were definitively recognized as enforceable by the Georgia Supreme Court in 1982. The Courts will recognize such agreements and the terms and provisions contained therein so long as none of the following circumstances are present:

(1) The agreement obtained through fraud, duress, or mistake;
(2) The the agreement unconscionable; or
(3) The facts and circumstances have changed since the agreement was executed so as to make its       enforcement unfair and unreasonable?

February 24, 2013

Can I get my child support modified?

By Lance Owen | Posted in Child Support | No comments

The Georgia child support statute (O.C.G.A. §19-6-15) was revised in 2007 to implement the “income shares model” that has been adopted by the majority of the states in the U.S.     Under this approach the income of both parents is considered in the child support calculations.

The current version of the statute imposes a complicated mathematical formula that is based upon a number of variables that are implemented into a Microsoft Excel program.     The implementation of some of these variables is within the discretion of the Court (ie. cost of private school tuition, cost of extracurricular activities) while other variables are not discretionary and must be included in the calculations (ie. cost of work related childcare, cost of health insurance).

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