Legal Guidance Through Adoption, Divorce And Family Law Issues
At Hotard & Hise, we understand the emotional, financial, and legal impact that family law cases have on children and their families. We take a personal approach, focusing on the specific needs and wishes of each client. If you need help with divorce, paternity, child support, or child custody, we can put our energy and experience to work for you.
Legal Guidance In Divorce Proceedings
Divorce is a long and often emotionally draining process. From the beginning, there are a lot of practical details to deal with, especially when children are involved. Regardless of whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, you should consult an attorney before you start the legal process of dissolving your marriage. Our attorneys can help with all aspects of divorce proceedings, including:
- Division of marital assets
- Child custody and support
- Protection orders
Divorce is rarely easy for anyone, but the attorneys at Hotard & Hise can help guide you through the legal process and protect your rights.
Child Custody Arrangements
Child custody involves both legal custody (making life decisions for the child) and physical custody (where the child lives). Traditionally, the courts grant primary physical custody with one parent and grant visitation rights to the other. Parents usually share joint legal custody in making decisions about a child’s health, religious life, extracurricular activities, and education.
By listening to your needs and understanding the unique dynamics of your family, we help build a parenting plan that makes sense for you and your children. No matter how contentious the relationship is between the parents, we provide calm and steady guidance through child custody hearings.
Our goal in every child custody case is first to make sure that custody decisions are in the best interests of the child. Second, we make sure that our client’s wishes are known by the court and factored into the judge’s decision.
Establishing Paternity In Georgia
Georgia law presumes a man is to be a child’s legal father if he is married to the child’s mother at the time of the child’s birth. Paternity can also be established through a paternity affidavit which must be signed by both parents. In a child support case where paternity has not been established through either of these methods, the Georgia Division of Child Support Services (DCSS) requires a paternity test.
Before signing a paternity affidavit or starting the process of a paternity test, make sure you understand the legal ramifications of your actions. At Hotard & Hise, we can explain the pros and cons of each option so you can make the choice that’s in the best interests of you and the child.