Family Law

Decisions made concerning divorce and family law matters are of the utmost importance. An experienced family lawyer not only acts as your sounding board through a difficult time, but advises you of your options and advocates strongly on your behalf.

The Ashford Law Firm, LLC, helps our clients find the best solutions for their emotional and often complicated family law issues. We care about our clients, and we have the drive and experience necessary to achieve results. Contact us today for a consultation concerning:

  • Divorce (Contested, Uncontested, and Collaborative)
  • Visitation
  • Custody
  • Child Support
  • Alimony
  • Modification of Divorce Decrees
  • Pre- and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Legitimation and Paternity

Family Law FAQs

How is property divided in a Georgia divorce?
When it comes to divorce, Georgia is an “equitable division” state. There is no formula for determining how property will be divided; rather, the determination is based on fairness depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. The court usually considers such factors as the length of the marriage, the contributions of each spouse, the debts of the marriage, and the separate assets of each spouse. In dividing marital assets, the court may also consider the conduct of the parties during the marriage.

How is child support determined?
The initial child support amount (referred to as the “basic” amount of child support) is determined using the total combined monthly gross incomes of both parents with a child support table. Payment of expenses related to the children, such as health insurance premiums, child care expenses, and cost of extracurricular activities, can affect the child support amount to be paid by a party. Also, the time a parent spends with the children can have an effect on the amount of child support to be paid.

Can my child choose which parent she wants to live with?
In all custody cases in which the child has reached the age of fourteen years, the child shall have the right to select the parent with whom he or she desires to live. The child’s selection for purposes of custody shall be presumptive unless the parent so selected is determined not to be in the best interests of the child. Such selection may only be made once within a period of two years from the date of the previous selection and the best interests of the child standard shall apply.

In all custody cases in which the child has reached the age of eleven but not fourteen years, the judge shall consider the desires and educational needs of the child in determining which parent shall have custody. The judge shall have complete discretion in making this determination, and the child’s desires shall not be controlling. The best interests of the child standard shall be controlling.

  • Section 19-9-3 of the Georgia Code.
What is joint legal custody?
“Joint legal custody” means both parents have equal rights and responsibilities for major decisions concerning the child, including the child´s education, health care, and religious training; provided, however, that the court may designate one parent to have sole power to make certain decisions while both parents retain equal rights and responsibilities for other decisions.

What is joint physical custody?
Joint physical custody‘ means that physical custody is shared by the parents in such a way as to assure the child of substantially equal time and contact with both parents.

Sole custody‘ means a person, including, but not limited to, a parent, has been awarded permanent custody of a child by a court order. Unless otherwise provided by court order, the person awarded sole custody of a child shall have the rights and responsibilities for major decisions concerning the child, including the child´s education, health care, and religious training, and the noncustodial parent shall have the right to visitation. A person who has not been awarded custody of a child by court order shall not be considered as the sole legal custodian while exercising visitation rights.

  • Section 19-9-6 of the Georgia Code.