Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy. Our first recommendation to all clients is to seek professional marital counseling to discern what is best for you and your family. That counseling may uncover that the temptation to try and work it out or to remain together for the sake of your children, your family, or your reputation in the community is not what’s best. Unfortunately, remaining in a situation where you and your spouse have been experiencing difficulties can be even more painful than going through the process of filing for divorce. In some cases, circumstances surrounding your decision can also put your well-being and your legal rights in jeopardy.
At Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, we believe in helping our clients protect their families and assets. In the more than 30 years that Founding Partner Mary Montgomery has been practicing family law, she has realized many couples considering divorce have not thought through the process. When we at SM&P meet someone who wants a divorce, we want to make sure they are ready for the complex divorce process as well as its aftermath. Are they positive divorce is the solution for them?
In child custody cases, the Georgia court generally supports the idea that it is in the child’s best interests to have both parents play an active and engaged role in the child’s life. Unfortunately, factors often exist that make this a problem. The threat of family violence, abuse, or neglect may require the need for supervised visitation to avoid putting the child at risk. The court may order the parent in question to obtain counseling, as well as to abstain from using alcohol. Alcohol screening tests can help ensure the person is in compliance with the court order, while also ensuring the safety of the child during these visits.