DIVORCE

It is critical to have an experienced attorney on your side in matters involving divorce and your children.  

Divorce

If you are facing a divorce, it is critical to have an experienced attorney by your side, guiding you through the process and protecting your interests.  While this may be the first time you are going through the divorce process, we have been through it many times.  You can rely on our extensive experience to advocate for the best possible outcome for you and your family.  The issues settled during a divorce can have a dramatic effect on the rest of your life – your financial well-being, where you live, and how often you can see your children can all be impacted.  At Steele Law Firm, we first aim to listen to you and work to understand your unique situation.  Then, based upon what you tell us, we develop a plan to help you resolve the financial, legal and emotional issues you are encountering. 

 

Contested, Uncontested, Partially Contested Divorce

Whether your case is contested (meaning you and your spouse cannot agree on custody and how to divide your assets and debts), partially contested, or uncontested (meaning you and your spouse have agreed upon all issues of division of marital assets and debts, alimony, child custody, a parenting time schedule and child support), we can guide you through the legal process and advocate for the best outcome for you.

 

We know divorce can be a stressful time for your entire family. The more you and your spouse can agree upon ahead of time, the easier the entire process will before everyone. However, if the two of you cannot reach an agreement, we will place your case on the Court’s calendar for trial and the Court will ultimately make critical decisions for you, your family, and your children.  While it is our job to clearly communicate your wants and needs to the Court, the Court sometimes makes decisions contrary to what either “side” may want.  This is why we work so hard to resolve your case priorto trial.

 

Guardian ad Litem 

The divorce process may also include a Guardian ad Litem who conducts an investigation and makes a report to the court regarding the custodial arrangement and parenting time schedule that he/she believes is in the best interests of the minor children involved. A Guardian ad Litem is either selected by the judge or agreed upon by the parties. 

CHILD

CUSTODY

and 

CHILD

SUPPORT

In addition to divorce cases, there are several types of cases that involve child custody, parents’ visitation rights, and child support. 

 

Paternity

A paternity case establishes who the legal father of a child is, establishes rights of inheritance between the father and child, and establishes child support.  No custody nor parenting time rights are determined in a paternity case. 

 

Legitimation

In addition to the rights and obligations established in a paternity case, a legitimation case also addresses custody and parenting time rights.

 

Modification 

Once a final order has been entered by the court, your case is completed and closed.  However, circumstances sometimes change and a final order needs to be modified.  There are a number of factors that impact whether and when custody, visitation and child support should be altered.  Some of these factors are:  a significant change in the income of one or both parents, a move by one parent, a child’s election to live primarily with the non-custodial parent, a significant increase in expenses for a child, and the length of time since the entry of the most recent court order.  If you have any questions about whether it is appropriate to modify your court order, contact us.   

You can rely on our extensive experience to advocate for your and your family’s best possible outcome.  

OTHER

FAMILY LAW MATTERS

Our firm routinely handles family law matters in the Superior and Probate Courts of Georgia. While this website provides an overview of the types of cases we handle, every case is different depending upon the facts.  What you might consider an insignificant detail could dramatically alter how we would handle your case.  Please call us with any questions you have about your unique situation. 

 

In addition to the types of cases presented elsewhere in this website, we also handle: 

 

Contempt and Other Post-Divorce Enforcement 

Sometimes court orders are not followed and action must be taken to enforce them.  Other times, additional steps must be taken to ensure that the terms of a court’s order are implemented.  Intervention can be as simple as sending a letter or document to the appropriate person or as involved as filing a contempt action against the non-compliant party. 

 

Grandparents’ and Family Members’ Rights 

Under certain circumstances, grandparents and other family members may file for custody and visitation with grandchildren and other young relatives.  As this area of family law is constantly evolving, it is critical that you receive up-to-date advice before beginning any legal action that would impact your future relationships with your family.  If you are already involved in such a case, we can also help by proposing innovative solutions or advocating for you in court. 

 

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Ms. Steele is experienced in drafting well-crafted nuptial agreements and she can provide detailed analysis of the agreements drafted by other attorneys.

 

Settlement Agreement Analysis

There are occasions in family law where individuals work hard to resolve their own disputes.  If you have reached a tentative agreement and would like it professionally reviewed prior to signing it, call us.  We can offer a legal analysis of its terms and its long-term impact on you. 

Each family and their

needs are unique. 

Whatever your family-related law needs are, we have the experience and knowledge to help you.

ESTATE PLANNING and PROBATE

From planning for your personal future to helping you care for your loved ones when they no longer can properly care for themselves, we provide objective legal advice while respecting family dynamics.

Planning

Everyone has an estate plan – either the default plan decided by our state laws or the one you select for yourself and implement.  If you would like to design your personal, individualized plan, we can help!  It may be as simple as a basic Will or may include Powers of Attorney, a Revocable Living Trust, and/or other documents to protect your assets during your lifetime and ensure they are transferred to your selected beneficiaries upon your death. The process of estate administration will be much less time consuming and less expensive for your loved ones if you have a personalized plan in place.  Let us help you plan for your future.

 

Administration and Litigation

After a loved one dies, sorting out his or her finances and assets can be an emotionally difficult time. We are here to help make that process as smooth as possible by providing objective legal advice while respecting family dynamics.  Regardless of whether or not your loved one had a Will, we can navigate the legal process and give you advice on how to minimize the costs and stress of handling an estate.

 

Sometimes, there are disagreements about the validity of a will, the conduct of an Executor or Administrator of an Estate, and disagreements about whether and who to appoint to look out for the welfare (called a Guardian) and finances (called a Conservator) of a loved one.  We can help protect your rights if you are involved in a dispute in these areas and can provide guidance if you are contemplating contesting a Will or the appointment and conduct of an Executor, Administrator, Guardian, or Conservator.

 

Guardianship and Conservatorship 

When a loved one no longer has the ability to properly care for himself or herself, a guardianship or conservatorship may be needed.  Guardianship is a legal process to appoint someone to manage another’s health and safety. Conservatorship is a legal process to appoint someone to manage another’s finances.

 

Both processes can be frustrating and stressful and almost always involve a court hearing.  Having an attorney to guide and represent you in court can ensure that deadlines and requirements for a smooth process are met. We are here to discuss your options with you and if needed, represent you in legal proceedings.