Creating a Parenting Plan

Richardson, Bloom, & LinesCustody, Divorce

Atlanta Parenting Plan Attorneys

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

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

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

Divorce Drama vs. Divorce Reality

Rachel K. Miller, Esq.Child Support, Custody, Divorce

While TV shows and movies do a great job at encouraging families that divorce is not as taboo as we used to believe, the media does not do a great job at illustrating what a true divorce looks like.  There are many creative liberties taken!  Here are some examples: In the opening scene of the Wedding Crashers movie, we see … Read More

Sleepless in Divorce: The chapters that were never made into a movie – Chapter 6

Melody Z. RichardsonCustody, Divorce, Divorce Process, Melody Richardson

It took the court six months after the 120-Day Status Conference for the Court to find three consecutive days to set aside for the trial. The day of trial arrived, and we were ready to proceed. When we arrived in the courtroom, we asked the judge for a pre-trial conference in one final effort to try to settle the case. … Read More