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Get Answers For FAQS About Family Law

As you are faced with a family law issue, you likely have many questions about the legal process. This is an understandably stressful time. That is why having an experienced law firm handle your family law or divorce case on your behalf can help alleviate these worries. Furthermore, a skilled family law attorney can provide comprehensive counsel for all of your family law matters both present and future.

At the law office of Kierston M. Phillips, PC, I provide thorough and dependable family law representation. As a lawyer in Carrollton, Georgia, I truly understand the local area as I am a lifelong resident. It is very important to me that I help make my clients comfortable with their decisions as I guide them through a family law case every step of the way. Whether you require divorce, child custody, relocation or family law mediation services, I can help.

Family FAQs

Below are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) about family law. Keep in mind that this is not to construed in any way as legal advice for your particular situation and instead general guidelines. To discuss your specific family law issue, reach out to me online and schedule an appointment.

1. Why do I need a family law attorney?

There are those instances where both parties will agree on every single issue right away and there are no complications. If that is the case, then it is possible for the parties to get a finalized divorce decree quickly without any hiccups. However, what if a mistake is made in the agreement? Is the agreement valid? These are issues you probably want to avoid on top of the stresses of getting a divorce or facing family law issue. In most situations, getting a trusted family law attorney from the start is the first step.

2. How long does a divorce really take?

There is no specific answer for this as each situation varies. However, in some cases a divorce can be settled in a few months if both parties are amicable and utilize ADR methods such as mediation. But if a divorce is contested, litigation can sometime ensue. This could mean many more months or even years before the divorce is finalized.

3. Does this mean I will be in court and my case will go to trial?

Not necessarily. Again, many divorce and family law issues are now resolved through mediation. Even if you intend to amicably resolve a divorce, you never know what issues may pop up. That is why it is even more important to get a skilled divorce attorney.

4. How is child support calculated in Georgia?

Your child support will be determined under Georgia Child Support Guidelines. Certain factors are taken into account such as income, age, health and many others. All of this is taken into account and calculated under the guidelines. For more information about child support, discuss this in a consultation.

5. What happens if I have to change an order after the divorce?

The law does take into account that circumstances will change. It does take a substantial change in circumstances to qualify for a post-divorce modification. Modifications can be requested for spousal support, child support, child custody and property division. However, whether it will be granted by the court is another story. Furthermore, the best interests of the child are always the main consideration in a modification.

6. Why should I consider mediation?

There are many benefits to mediation. Not only is it often less expensive and more efficient, but you are the one that gets to make the decisions. Not a judge, where you may not like the final outcome. Mediation allows you to take matters into your own hands.

I invite you to please reach out to me and schedule your first appointment. Call 678-664-4360. I look forward to your call.

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