In Georgia, both parents are responsible for the support of their children. The shared income model of determining child support considers each parent’s income as well as any extraordinary expenses incurred on behalf of their children including private school, health insurance, medical needs, and child care expenses. HF Family Law has extensive training and experience with the child support worksheet and possess extensive courtroom experience in handling child support issues. We are fully capable of advocating for the appropriate amount of support for our client’s children.
Alimony is an award of support to a spouse for his or her maintenance and support. It can be temporary or permanent, periodic payments, lump sum, or "in kind," meaning a non-cash award. Each form of alimony has specific legal issues surrounding it and different tax implications, and not every case is appropriate for an award of alimony. Factors in an award of alimony include the duration of a marriage, the conduct of a spouse, the financial resources of either party, the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage, and other factors. While child support is calculated by a specific formula, alimony is not formula based. Negotiating alimony requires an extensive knowledge of the law as it applies to each case, and it requires skill in litigating alimony issues before a court, all of which our attorneys possess.
In Georgia, marital property in a divorce is divided on the principle of "equitable division," which does not necessarily mean equal division. Property acquired by a married couple, with few exceptions such as inheritances or gifts, is deemed "marital." In the event of a divorce, property is divided between the parties fairly, taking into consideration a number of factors such as the length of the marriage, the contributions of each party to the marriage, the conduct of a spouse, the age of the parties, and several other factors. Our attorneys at HF Family Law have extensive experience in litigating, mediating and settling divorce cases, from the most complex involving high assets and business interests to the relatively straightforward. We are licensed to practice in every county in Georgia and we are equipped with the knowledge and resources to handle your divorce effectively and efficiently.