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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.

January 20, 2015

Supreme Court Grants Client a New Trial

By Lance Owen | Posted in Divorce, Family Law | No comments

 

Mr. Owen is dedicated to ensuring that his clients receive just and fair treatment by the courts.  Prior to becoming Mr. Owen’s client the Husband had a divorce petition filed against him here in Georgia.  The Husband, a resident of California, was not personally served with a copy of the divorce case.

The Wife appeared before the judge without giving the Husband any notice of the hearing.   Of course, the Wife obtained a favorable ruling without the Husband being present.

April 24, 2013

Can I Get Reimbursed for My Attorney Fees?

By Lance Owen | Posted in Family Law | No comments

I am frequently asked this question by prospective clients during the initial consultation.    Some are surprised to discover that they can’t find an attorney that is willing to take on their case without paying a retainer in advance.    This is because an award of attorney fees from the court is never an absolute certainty.

Generally, attorney fees may not be awarded in a case unless authorized by statute or contract. Georgia law does have various statutes authorizing an award of attorney fees in family law cases.

April 6, 2013

Where will my divorce case be filed?

By Lance Owen | Posted in Divorce | No comments

A resident of Georgia must be a bona fide resident of Georgia for a period of six (6) months before Georgia can acquire jurisdiction to grant a divorce.  A nonresident may file for divorce against his or her spouse who lives in Georgia if the spouse has been a resident of Georgia for six (6) months prior to the filing.

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