Atlanta Family Law and Divorce Attorneys
If you are facing the end of your marriage, or need to fight for custody or support for a minor child, you are probably experiencing one of the most difficult time periods of your life. Regardless of whether a divorce action is instigated by you or your spouse, the process can take a toll on everyone involved – both emotionally and financially.
While your instincts may be to simply hurry the process along so you can put it behind you, doing so can be a mistake, one with consequences you may regret for years to come. When you choose to work with experienced divorce attorneys and family law professionals whose job is to help people just like you, you’ll have an advocate protecting your interests at a time when you need that protection most.
The knowledgeable, skilled Atlanta divorce attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC are here to help you make informed, deliberate decisions so that when your divorce or other family law matter is finalized, you can feel confident knowing that your needs were well-represented.
How Kitchens New Cleghorn Can Help with your Atlanta family law needs
The legal professionals at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC help Atlanta-area residents with a variety of divorce and other family law matters. When we represent a client, we are there for them, by their side, helping with filings, hearings, negotiations and more.
We know the Georgia family law court system and understand the laws governing divorces and related matters. More importantly, we know how to apply those laws within the family law court framework in a way that is designed to protect our clients’ rights and interests.
Our Atlanta divorce attorneys help people in the following types of legal matters:
If you and your spouse cannot agree on matters like child custody, child support, alimony, and property division, your divorce is said to be “contested.”
In a contested divorce, your Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC divorce attorney will play a key role in standing up for what you deserve, and for what is in your best interest and the best interest of any minor children.
Contested divorces are, by their nature, rarely easy. We will work hard to champion your rights, fighting to get you the outcome you want while doing our best to limit the stress this process can place on you and your children.
When divorcing spouses are able to come to agreement about all of the major elements of the divorce before they initiate the process, the matter is said to be an “uncontested divorce.” An uncontested divorce does not necessarily mean that you both want the divorce; it simply means that you both agree on how child support, custody, spousal support (alimony) and property divisions should be handled.
Uncontested divorce matters are typically less expensive, and require shorter resolution times, than contested divorces.
Hiring an Atlanta divorce attorney from Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC to represent you is an important step in an uncontested divorce. Your lawyer will help you make sure that the required petitions and filings truly reflect your wishes and understanding. And, if unexpected friction arises, your attorney can represent your interests in negotiations.
Decisions about which parent should have primary physical and legal custody for children under the age of 18 should ultimately be made with your child’s best interests in mind. There are a lot of factors that can come into play when determining what’s best for your children. Unfortunately, divorcing spouses often find themselves in a battle with their child’s other parent.
Your Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC family law attorney can help. We will work closely with you so you understand the factors that the courts consider in making custody determinations, and we can help you gather the needed evidence to support your case for obtaining primary custody.
Things change over time; if a previous custody determination is no longer in your child’s best interest, we can help with modification requests too.
When GA family law courts consider petitions for child support, they must weigh a number of factors including your children’s needs, your financial situation, and your child’s other parent’s financial situation.
While the law provides for an “income shares” model to determine appropriate child support, there are several circumstances that can give rise to a deviation from that model. Your Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC attorney can help you evaluate all of the circumstances, to help you determine your likely child support obligation or entitlement.
As with child custody determinations, your financial situation (and that of your child’s other parent) can change over time. Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC is also ready and able to assist clients with child support modification actions.
The family law attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC in Atlanta also help people who are contemplating marriage by negotiating, drafting and executing prenuptial agreements. These types of legal contracts can help protect both people entering a marriage by clearly defining what assets will be considered “separate property” and clarifying whether the couple intends to accumulate “marital property” during the course of their marriage.
In the event the marriage is later terminated, a prenuptial agreement can make the divorce process faster, easier and cheaper, because property division and alimony – both key sources of contention in many divorces – can be spelled out in the prenuptial agreement.
Alimony payments, also referred to as spousal support, is handled on a case-specific basis in Georgia divorce matters. When the court finds that one spouse has a need for one-time or ongoing alimony payments, and finds that the other spouse has the ability to make such payments, an order may be entered for alimony.
Your Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC divorce attorney will play a key role in helping you if alimony is sought. The court will make its determination after reviewing all of the facts and circumstances; if the court is not aware of some mitigating circumstances, they cannot consider them.
If alimony payments are appropriate and needed, your attorney will help you demonstrate that to the court through filings. If your spouse is requesting alimony and there are facts that may make the court reconsider awarding such support, your attorney will help you present your case in a way so that decisions can be made on the basis of complete information.
One of the biggest decisions that comes out of any divorce litigation is how assets and liabilities will be divided between the spouses after the final decree of divorce has been issued.
Your assets and liabilities will be reviewed to determine what is separate property, which each spouse retains after the divorce, and what is marital property. Marital property will be divided equitably by the court. Note that “equitable” does not necessarily mean “equal.”
Your Atlanta divorce attorney at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC can evaluate your assets and liabilities, as well as your spouse’s assets and liabilities, to help you understand how the court may rule regarding their division in the divorce.
Complex Cases and Difficult Spouses
While most divorce cases would not be described as “easy,” there are some scenarios that can lead to added stress and difficulty during divorce proceedings.
If your spouse refuses to negotiate, is not forthcoming, tries to hide assets, is abusive toward you or your minor children, has mental health issues, or has a substance abuse problem, an already contentious divorce can become even more contentious.
Similarly, if you need to divorce a spouse who isn’t a Georgia resident, or isn’t even in the United States, you may be at a loss not knowing where to even begin.
The experienced family law attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn have dealt with all of these types of scenarios – and more. We will work hard to help keep your divorce moving in the right direction, so you can move on with the next phase of your life.
High Net Worth Divorces
If you or your spouse own one or more businesses, own real estate together or individually, or own assets held in trusts, family limited partnerships, collectibles, or any other hard-to-value structure, making determinations about property divisions, alimony payments, or child support payments can become more difficult.
Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC family law attorneys can help by working closely with other specialists, including forensic accountants, valuation specialists, tax professionals, and more, to help make sure your court filings represent an accurate picture of what can be a complex financial situation.
Choose a Firm with the Broad Experience, Dedicated Client Service, and Compassion to Help You Through a Difficult Time. Choose Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC for all of your Atlanta Family Law needs.
You deserve a dedicated attorney representing you – one who isn’t afraid to go head-to-head to fight for what’s right, but who also understands the emotional trauma you are experiencing.
The Atlanta divorce attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC do more than help people with the legal process of ending a marriage or modifying orders for alimony, child custody or child support. We take the time to help our clients through every step of the process.
At the end of the day, you should be able to hold your head high knowing you fought for what you deserved, and that there was an experienced advocate by your side. No attorney can promise you any specific results. However, we can promise that we will work hard to help you get the best possible results from your case.
Divorce and other family law matters are hard. Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC is here to help. To learn more, contact us online today, or call us in Atlanta today at 404.996.0806 to schedule a free initial case review.