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August 2010 Archives

Embracing the Radical Right to Avoid Paying Child Support

Apparently, some people will do just about anything to avoid paying child support, including adopting radical anti-government ideology that they say exempts them from the requirement to do so.

The Divorce Divide: Complex Considerations for Many

Divorce experts and experienced family law attorneys know that the divorce process can be radically varied for different couples; that is, it seldom unfolds in a cookie-cutter manner. There are numerous reasons why couples divorce, ranging from incompatibility considerations and financial concerns to child-related issues and other matters.

Hill-Macdonald, LLC reaches a milestone

August 19, 2010, was a milestone for Hill-Macdonald, LLC.  We purchased the office building on Lawrence Street that we have occupied since our inception.  Our goal is to develop the space to provide efficiencies that will allow us to serve our clients better.  We plan to track the progress of our renovations here, on our blog.  Watch us grow!  vbh 

"Gray Divorce:" New Phenomenon, New Issues

According to some family law experts, the "Greatest Generation" has been replaced by the "greatest divorcing generation" as baby boomers are contributing mightily to the country's divorce rate.

Georgia Program Seeks to Help Dads with Child Support

Georgia wants non-custodial parents - typically fathers - who are court ordered to pay child support to do just that. To increase the likelihood, it has instituted the Georgia Fatherhood Program ("GFP"), an initiative operating under the Georgia Department of Human Services Division of Child Support Services.

Preparing for the Future Through Divorce Planning

The division of marital property in a divorce proceeding can be of significant, if not overriding, importance. In many ending marriages, there is much to consider, including the family home, alimony obligations, pension and retirement accounts, investments of various types, as well as tax consequences that are often at play.

Those Devilish Details

For many trial lawyers, the rule of thumb is to pick the two or three strongest points of the case and emphasize them to the Court.  That rule of thumb works well in divorce and family law cases as well as other cases.

However, sometimes the devil is in the details.  This is especially true where the parties have complex financial affairs or where one party has worked for some time to conceal financial facts from the other party.  In those cases, it is frequently small details that lead to the discovery of large facts and subsequent success in the case.

Custody cases can also be won or lost based on the details.  The totality of small bits of evidence can show a necessary change of circumstances for custody modification.  Likewise, a totality of small bits of evidence can show the Court what is truly in the best interest of a child.

At Hill-Macdonald, LLC, we consider both approaches to a case. Together with our clients, we decide which approach is most appropriate for the case.  If the highly detailed approach is appropriate, we work with a number of talented, reliable experts who help to develop the detailed evidence and present it to the Court professionally.

For a free one-half hour consulation to discuss the details of your case with an attorney, call 770-427-2476 to schedule an appointment.

Divorce Study Sheds Light on Families with Autistic Children

Anecdotally, it has always been assumed that parents with an autistic child have a harder go of it marriage-wise than is the case for families without an autistic child. Assuming that to be true, what does having a child with an autism spectrum disorder portend in terms of actual divorce statistics? Do parents of an autistic child divorce at a higher rate? If so, and in keeping with the majority of divorcing couples who have children without autism, is the divorce rate highest when the child is young, with a progressively lower risk of divorce as the child enters teen years and beyond?

Social Networking Sites and Family Law

Social networking has become enormously popular with people of all demographics.  They first gained popularity with teens, but quickly developed a following among adults of all ages.  They are a great way of keeping up with friends as we all lead hectic lives.  They are also a great way to re-connect with friends from the past, with whom one has lost touch.

Social networking is not always a good idea for someone involved in domestic litigation however.  Like most other things, social networking sites remain fine if used with discretion.  However, indiscretion on a social networking site can be a disaster for a domestic case.

Many people assume that their social networking sites are secure, and therefore their postings are secure.  That is not necessarily true.  There is no way to be sure that your information will not fall into the wrong hands.  Social networking sites that have been used indiscretely provide wonderful evidence -- frequently photographic evidence -- to be used against someone in a case.

Remember, it is not always the litigant that posts the indiscrete information.  Without any ill intent, one of your social networking connections may post an indiscrete photograph, or post information that is useful to your opponent in litigation.  The posting doesn't have to be admissible evidence in order to lead to the discovery of evidence that is admissible in court.

If you are involved in domestic litigation, speak with your attorney about your social networking activity.  Be frank with your attorney about what you may have posted on your social networking site; as well as about what may have been posted about you.  Someone who is not your friend may get access to that information.  Let your attorney advise you.


Summer's Key Role in Child Custody and Visitation

In Georgia, divorcing couples are required by law to establish a parenting plan that addresses their arrangements regarding child custody and other important matters involving their child. A parenting plan includes information stressing how the mother and father will share time with their child, how they will divide parental responsibilities, and how visitation and other matters will be scheduled in the child's best interests.

Hill | Macdonald's Entry Into the Blogosphere

We at Hill | Macdonald, LLC, are excited about our entry into the world of blogging.  Follow our blog to learn interesting facts related to family law; to hear about interesting family law cases; and to generally keep up with what's happening in our firm.

We are very please to announce the addition of a new paralegal -- Michelle James.  Michelle has been part of the Cobb County legal community for several years.  She is already a welcome addition to our staff.


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