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Why do we emphasize our firm's family law practice? Why do we periodically post articles covering topics of interest in the area of family law? According to the Judicial Council of Georgia's 2016 Annual Report the Georgia Superior Courts had 366,203 case filings statewide in 2015. The breakdown of the Superior Court case filings in 2015 was as follows: Criminal cases - 172,175 (47%); Family Law cases - 145,786 (40%); and Other Civil cases - 48,242 (13%). In other words, family law cases represent more than three-fourths of the civil cases that are filed in the Superior Courts. If you are visiting our website there is a good chance you are here because you are looking for a family law attorney and have questions about particular legal issues. In my family law practice I regularly encounter many of the same questions from clients and prospective clients. The web is full of misleading information. Legal advice from family and friends is often inaccurate. It is my hope that the content you have reviewed on our website including the various articles that you see below will lead you contact us and schedule an appointment to discuss your particular 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. Small details often have a big influence on the advice that we give our clients.

March 12, 2013

Can I adopt my Spouse’s Children?

By Lance Owen | Posted in Adoption | No comments

The biggest issue in the adoption of a stepchild is whether or not the biological parent is willing to surrender his or her parental rights.   The surrender is an unconditional, permanent termination of the biological parent’s rights.

The law imposes a number of procedural hurdles to ensure that the surrendering parent understands the consequences of what he or she is doing.   The surrendering parent has the right to withdraw the surrender if the parent does so in writing within 10 days of executing the surrender.

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