Family Law

Friday, October 5, 2018

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month; Dispelling "The Victim" Stereotype

Specializing in family law, I have worked with many victims of domestic violence.  And because October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I want to take this opportunity to help dispel myths, educate and empower people about this issue.    

First, let’s work to dispel a myth about the victims of domestic violence.  I have seen firsthand that domestic violence affects all walks of life - regardless of age, ethnicity, social or economic status.   One common stereotype is that victims of domestic violence have certain personality traits, such as shyness and low self-esteem.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

7 Myths about Divorce Mediation

MYTH #1: Mediation is a waste of time

Mediation is beneficial because both parties will have a role in deciding the outcome of their case as opposed to putting their future solely into the hands of a judge.  Mediation is a process by which both parties to a divorce action meet with a neutral person trained in dispute resolution (called a mediator) who will help facilitate settlement between the parties.  The mediator will initially meet with both parties to determine what issues there are to be resolved.  Often these issues will include child custody and visitation, division of debts and assets, as well as division of property.  Once the issues are identified, the mediator will then work with the parties to help them reach an agreement both sides are happy with (or at least one they can live with).

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Monday, April 30, 2018

Recent Changes to The Power of Attorney Act in Georgia

What is a power of attorney and why would I need one?

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Friday, October 14, 2016

Henry County attorneys, judges named to State Bar of Georgia committees

Congrats to three SWWW attorneys for being appointed to serve on special or program committees for the State Bar of Georgia. From the court system to the classrom, we know you will work hard to make a positive impact. 

Janet C. Scott of Smith Welch Webb & White LLC in McDonough will serve on the iCivics Committee, which works toward implementing a comprehensive, standards-aligned online civics curriculum into Georgia’s 8th grade classrooms.

John P.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

Adoption Does Not Have to Be Expensive: Realistic Alternatives to Private Adoption

As a family law attorney located in Henry County, Georgia, I would like to help dispel the myth that adoption is extremely expensive.  The truth is, adoption does not need to be expensive.  

In an agency or international adoption scenario, costs may escalate into tens of thousands of dollars.  While the costs associated with agency or international adoptions can add up quickly, there are alternatives for people who want to adopt children but lack the financial resources for an expensive process.  The potential costs to adopt should not discourage potential parents from providing a loving home for a child. 

How to Provide a Forever Home without Financial Hardship....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

What Happens to Credit Card Debt During Divorce

There are many important things to take into consideration during a divorce.  First and foremost for couples with children, child custody and visitation rights are at the top of the list.  Financial support and the equitable division of debt are also important as both parties strive to establish and maintain separate households. 

Laws regarding the division of marital property and debts vary by state, and Georgia is an “equitable distribution” state.  The word “equitable” does not necessarily mean debt is equally divided between the parties.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Differences Between Divorce and Separation in Georgia

Couples who realize that their quality of life would be much better if pursued separately from their spouse are faced with many decisions.  Among those decisions are whether it’s better to completely end the marriage through divorce, or maintain the marriage and yet live separate lives through a separation. 

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Helpful Tips for Divorced Parents on Making a Holiday Visitation Schedule

The holidays can be a stressful time for any family – especially for divorced parents who both want to make meaningful holiday memories with their children.  Making – or changing – a holiday visitation schedule that works for both parties is an important part of successful co-parenting, and each unique family needs to agree to a schedule that works for their specific needs.  

Holidays and other special occasions, such as birthdays, are often an exception to the rule when it comes to your visitation schedule.  The holiday schedule has priority over the normal routine.  For example, your child may alternate weekends at different households, but just because a holiday lands on a weekend during the usual rotation doesn’t necessarily mean that the child needs to spend the holiday at that household.
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Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Power of Attorney, Guardianship and Your Eldercare Plan

An eldercare plan can help you, and your loved ones, be well-prepared for difficult circumstances down the road.  Part of a good eldercare plan is understanding the options available when someone becomes unable to care for themselves.  


A power of attorney and a guardianship are two ways someone may act on your behalf if you become incapacitated.  By proactively legally designating a power of attorney, you are choosing the person who you want to act for you.  In a guardianship proceeding, the court chooses who will act as your guardian.
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Friday, June 26, 2015

How Moving May Affect Your Child Custody Agreement

Both the housing and job markets are picking up this summer. Job growth, low interest rates and rising rental costs are contributing to this trend nationwide, and here in Henry County south of Atlanta. No matter what your reason, there are many things to consider when planning a move. Especially for divorced parents, who need to consider how relocation may affect their child custody agreement and the best interest of their child.

The Type of Custody Agreement
Parental rights for both mothers and fathers are treated equally under Georgia law, and gone are the days when custody was almost automatically awarded to the mother.
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Monday, March 23, 2015

Who is a Lawyer?


In our blog, we aim to answer questions in a way that's helpful and easy to understand. We've addressed many topics - from the details of real estate contracts to title insurance - but today I'd like to answer a basic question: Who is a lawyer? 


I don't mean that in an abstract sense. According to state and federal law, there is a very specific definition associated with practicing law, and it is unlawful for any corporation, association, company or person to perform acts defined as "practicing law" if not a licensed attorney. In addition to being unlawful, people or corporations who are not licensed to practice law put their clients at risk.


According to Georgia law, the practice of law includes but is not limited to any of the following:

  • Giving legal advice

  • Preparing legal instruments

  • Rendering opinions on the validity or invalidity of titles to real or personal property .
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