Johnston & Owen, PC

Attorneys at law


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 3, 2017

Grandparent Visitation Rights in Georgia

By Lance Owen | Posted in Child Custody & Visitation | No comments

In order to understand the current state of the law with regard to “grandparent visitation” in Georgia (O.C.G.A. §19-7-3) one must first understand how custody and visitation is determined by the courts when the custodial dispute is between parents.   Further, one must recognize that Georgia law provides a means by which certain third-party relatives (including grandparents) can actually get permanent custody of a child over the objection of one or both parents.

January 26, 2017

Can an Attorney Get Copies of Text Messages in a Divorce case?

By Lance Owen | Posted in Divorce | No comments

It depends. First, there has to be an active civil case pending (ie divorce) for any records to be obtained without a wireless customer’s permission. The attorney isn’t authorized to request any records if there’s not civil case that is ongoing.

February 16, 2015

Why Facebook Can Be a Divorce Lawyer’s Best Friend

By Lance Owen | Posted in Divorce | No comments

One of the first bits of advice that I give my divorce clients is to avoid posting on Facebook and other social media. It is an effective way to completely destroy your case.