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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.

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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