COPING WITH DIVORCE: The Search for a Silver Lining

Silver Lining “Every cloud has a silver lining…”  In Georgia I grew up hearing this proverb, which suggests that every bad situation has some good to be found in it.   Looking for the silver lining in divorce can be a challenge.  Whether you Read More


Grandparent visitation rights were the subject of another Georgia Court of Appeals decision in July 2013.  In the case of Van Leuvan v. Carlisle, the mother of the minor child appealed the trial court’s decision to award grandparent visitation rights to the Read More


Karen S. Hindson of Hindson & Melton LLC A stepparent adoption in Georgia was the subject of another Georgia appellate court decision on July 15, 2013.  In Ray v. Hann, a stepfather’s petition to adopt his stepchild was granted by the Superior Court, terminating the biological father’s parental rights at the same time.  The Read More


What rights does a South Carolina father have if not married to the mother of the child?  The answer is that South Carolina unmarried fathers rights are very limited, unless you take steps to protect yourself and your relationship with Read More

Paternity and Legitimation

Karen S. Hindson of Hindson & Melton LLC “How do I know that the baby is really mine?  What are my responsibilities if I am not married to the mother?” When legitimation is needed Georgia law considers a child as born “out of wedlock” when the parents are not married to each Read More

Georgia Separation Versus Divorce

Lauri B. Bracey What is separate maintenance and how is it different than divorce? Separate Maintenance There is a statute in Georgia which allows for a person to file a legal action which protects their legal rights to custody, visitation, support, use and Read More

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s Day!  For my family, the dates between May 10th and May 16th every year mark some of our happiest dates.  They include my daughter’s birthday, my mother’s birthday, my grandmother’s birthday, and of course, Mother’s Day.  We have Read More

Property Division Georgia Divorce

Property division in Georgia divorce follows the rule of “Equitable Distribution.”  Equitable Distribution of marital property does not require an equal division, but a fair division of assets and debts. What exactly is marital property? Marital Property is property the Read More

Ten Ways to Love

Ten Ways to Love 1. Listen without interrupting. (Proverbs 18) 2. Speak without accusing. (James 1:19) 3. Give without sparing.  (Proverbs 21:26) 4. Pray without ceasing. (Colossians 1:9) 5. Answer without arguing. (Proverbs 17:1) 6. Share without pretending. (Ephesians 4:15) 7. Enjoy without complaint. Read More

Cobb County Alimony

Cobb County Alimony The Georgia Supreme Court affirmed an interesting Cobb County alimony decision on March 18, 2013, in the case of Goodell v. Oliver, 2013 WL 1092898 (Ga.) The husband and wife married in 1999, and each had children from prior marriages.  They had no children together.  Read More

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