Creating a Parenting Plan

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesCustody, Divorce

In any family law case where the court will decide custody, parents must file a Parenting Plan. This plan specifically sets out how parents will share time with their children after divorce or separation. Parenting plans are important because they eliminate any need for the parents to argue over where the children should be and who will be able to … Read More

How to Win a Custody Battle

Rachel K. Miller, Esq.Custody

Divorce is never fun; add a contested custody issue, and you may find your stress and anxiety levels soaring. How can you calm your nerves and ensure the custody arrangement that you want? The attorneys at Richardson Bloom & Lines suggest the following 10 tips: 1. Be a cooperative co-parent. You must be able and willing to communicate with your … Read More

Top Five Reasons We Love Mediation

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesDivorce, Mediation

Each of the partners at Richardson Bloom & Lines LLC enjoys taking a break from our busy litigation practices to help people resolve their cases in mediation. Melody, Dan, and Kyla have helped countless couples and their counsel reach agreements by acting as the mediator. Here are the top five reasons we love to mediate: It is exactly because our … Read More

Sibling Decisions: Will Georgia Courts Split Children Who Want to Live with Different Parents?

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesCustody, Divorce

Divorce is tough on the whole family, but children can take it especially hard. For example, studies indicate that children will remember exactly where they were when their parents told them they were getting divorced. Studies also suggest that recalling that memory is painful for children. If that conversation is painful, imagine the turmoil your child would go through if … Read More

When Can a Child Choose Which Parent to Live With in Georgia?

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesCustody, Divorce

The court will consider a wide variety of factors when determining where a child should live in a divorce proceeding or a child custody dispute in Georgia. All of those factors focus on what will be in the best interests of the child. If joint physical custody is not possible, the court will carefully consider which parent can offer the … Read More

The Unique Challenges of a Gray Divorce

Melody Z. RichardsonDivorce

Google “gray divorce” and you will find hundreds of articles on the subject. According to research, while divorce rates are trending downward in general, the number of couples getting divorced in their 50s and 60s is increasing. Why does this merit so much attention? The simple answer is that if one is 40 and getting a divorce, there are 25 … Read More

Children and Divorce: What the Research Tells Us

Daniel A. BloomChild Support, Custody, Divorce

By: Daniel A. Bloom and Rachel K. Miller Imagine this scenario: you are thinking about divorce, but do not want anyone to know yet. Your mind is flooded with questions. What do you do? Most people will do the same thing with their divorce concerns that they do with their medical concerns – Google It! While Google is a wonderful … Read More

Types of Child Custody in Georgia

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesCustody, Divorce

Child custody is an emotionally charged issue. Most parents want to be a large part of their child’s life post-divorce, and feel that retaining custody of the child is an integral piece. Many parents assume that there is only one type of child custody, but, in Georgia, there are two distinct types of custody: legal and physical custody. Both types … Read More

Custody Labels – Do They Matter?

Rachel K. Miller, Esq.Custody, Divorce

Parents become very focused on labels when dealing with child custody matters.  Family law practitioners often hear the following from their clients: “I need to be designated as primary parent!” or “I will not agree to joint custody”.  Of course, clients do not know that Georgia law does not reference the term “primary physical custody”.  Neither parent needs to be … Read More