Another Matter Of Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence is a problem in Georgia and nationwide. Those in the military are not immune to its reach. Expert testimony can be important in cases such as this. There can be many motives for domestic violence and/or murder.Image

In this case, it appears the motive was monetary.  It is oftentimes power and control. Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn thinks this is a case worth learning from. Read more below:

Article: Soldier’s Wife Died After Deadly Struggle

Published in: on July 2, 2013 at 9:57 pm  Comments (1)  
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New Divorce Law Could Be Coming To Georgia

Georgia is one of the United States’ leading divorce states.  Couples in Georgia is steadily divorcing. The Georgia House of Representatives is seeking to make obtaining a divorce in Georgia a bit lengthier, in an attempt to discourage divorce.  Georgia legislatures seem to be following other states around the nation, such as North Carolina, in making a legislative attempt to discourage divorce.  For example, North Carolina has a one year waiting period for divorcing couples that may be extended to two years in the coming years.  The proposed new law in Georgia would be a big change from how Georgia divorces are granted today and from years passed.  Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn suggests that you read more about the proposed changes in the article:  Is  the Way We Divorce In America About To Change? Citizens should be encouraged to weigh in with their state representatives with their views on the issue.

Published in: on May 29, 2013 at 1:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Required Divorcing Parent’s Seminar in Metro-Atlanta

We encounter prospective clients on a regular basis that are not aware of the mandatory Divorcing Parent’s Seminar in Georgia. The mandatory seminar does not include all Metro-Atlanta counties, however, it does involve most.  Divorcing parents should be aware of  this requirement, but we have found that many pro-se litigants are not.  Divorcing parents that are not aware of this requirement have their case delayed until the seminar is completed. The registration fee for the seminar averages approximately $30.00 per person, usually payable by cash, cashier’s check or money order. A parent qualifying as indigent may have their fee waived.

Beware that pre-registration a certain number of days before attending the seminar is usually strictly enforced. The seminar is generally 4 hours in duration and an applicable schedule is available for each county. Scheduling should be confirmed with the Seminar’s Director’s office to make sure no changes have been made to the seminar schedule.  If the location of the seminar is a concern, attendance at other equivalent seminars in other states or counties may be allowed at the discretion of the judge.

We handle cases in Clayton, Henry, Fayette, Cobb, Gwinnett, Fulton, Dekalb, Spalding and Griffin. You can find the required information for Clayton, Cobb, Gwinnett, Fulton, and Dekalb below. Henry, Fayette,  Spalding and Griffin counties do not have a seminar requirement.

Clayton County Seminar

Cobb County Seminar

Gwinnett County Seminar

Fulton County Seminar

Dekalb County Seminar

Tiffany R. Lunn, Esq and Lunn Law LLC assist with family law matters in the Metro-Atlanta area. Make sure you are completing all of your obligations to finalize your divorce.  If you are not sure what all your obligations are to divorce, speak with an experienced divorce attorney to obtain the correct information.

Published in: on November 18, 2012 at 4:10 pm  Comments Off  
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Administrative Legitimation

In Georgia, fathers that are not married to the mother of their child when the child is born must legitimate the child to have any parental rights, unless the parties subsequently marry.  Often when children are born, the parents still have a cooperative relationship that may later weaken or become hostile over sometime.  Therefore, it is important that parents should give great consideration to administrative legitimation when the child is born.

If the parents do not subsequently marry, administrative legitimation is the only way to legitimate a child without court action.  It must be completed before the child reaches the age of one (1) and is available at the hospital when the child is born. If you and the other parent are sure of the paternal relationship enough to sign an Acknowledgment of Paternity and the father is parentally fit then consider Administrative Legitimation as well. It could save both parties time any money.

Lunn Law LLC and Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn, Esq want you to be aware of your legitimation rights and all possible choices you may have in proceeding with legitimation, child custody and/or visitation.  You should speak to an experienced attorney about the particular of your case.  Parents should make sure they fully know and understand what is being signed about the rights to their children. If there are any questions, you should consult the advice of an experienced paternity and legitimation attorney.

Published in: on November 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm  Comments Off  
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Divorce: Equitable Doesn’t Mean Equal

Some divorcing spouses believe that because Georgia is an “equitable division” state for divorce that each spouse will split martial assets 50/50%.  However, that is not case.  Equitable means “fair” and the court in Georgia divorce cases will decide what is fair by the facts and circumstances of each particular case.  Georgia differs from such states as California, which takes a “community property” view.  Such stars as Kobe Bryant and Katy Perry are currently going through divorce in California.

Read these articles to see the difference and consider whether having a pre-nup is a good idea regardless of what state you’re residing in:

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/entertainment/2012/01/russell-brand-might-get-20-million-in-divorce-from-katy-perry/

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2011/12/kobe-bryant-divorce-prenup-could-have-saved-half-his-fortune-expert-says.html

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31749_162-57328593-10391698/demi-moore-to-fight-for-ashton-kutchers-fortune-in-divorce/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_expensive_divorces

Post written by: Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn

Phone: 770-492-2974

Published in: on January 2, 2012 at 3:30 pm  Comments Off  
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Family Violence and Divorce

Domestic Violence is among the reasons that a marriage may end in divorce.  Georgia has a number of state certified family violence shelters.  There are various services that these shelters provide including: Crisis Intervention, confidential shelter, linkage with community activities, children services, emotional support, and social advocacy etc. It is well-known that domestic violence can affect any gender or demographic.

To find out more and to locate a shelter in your city or county, look to the following:

http://www.files.georgia.gov/DHR/DHR_CommonFiles/PDF/DHS_FamilyViolenceAgencies.pdf

http://www.gadfcs.org/familyviolence/shelter_list.php

Post written by: Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn

Phone: 770-492-2974

Published in: on March 7, 2011 at 6:33 pm  Comments Off  
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Update Will After Divorce or Other Life Changes

It is important that your Last Will and Testament (“Will”) is updated after any significant life change, such as a change in marital status, birth of a child, and acquisition or disposal of a major asset.  You should not attempt to make changes to your Will without the assistance of an attorney. You want to ensure that any changes made are in compliance with current  law.  By marking your Will and/or scratching through words or clauses, you risk invalidating your will in whole or in part. For more information, see  http://wills-probate.lawyers.com/wills-probate/When-and-Why-You-Should-Update-Your-Will.html.

Post written by: Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn

Phone: 770-492-2974

Published in: on October 26, 2010 at 11:32 am  Comments Off  
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Children and Divorce

Parents are dealing with a very difficult time during a separation or divorce.  However, the children of divorcing parents are trying to cope as well.  If parents are informed, they can better assist their children.  For information and guidance to help a child cope with dealing with the changes of a divorce or separation, and to gather insight into their possible perspective, you may want to look at: www.helpguide.org/mental/children_divorce.htm

Published in: on August 26, 2010 at 1:09 am  Comments Off  
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Paternity/De-legitimation Case Update

The Court of Appeals of Georgia (Second Division), in Williamson v. Williamson, A09A1767, considered a case this year involving former spouses that had a child born while married to each other. A child born during a legal marriage is presumed the legal child of father (husband), unless rebutted.  The Court ruled that a presumed father who seeks to set aside a determination of paternity thereby de-legitimizing the child, has a very high hurdle and is required to include several things in his motion.

Case law requires that a trial court consider the best interests of a child in a legal father’s claim for de-legitimation.  So additionally,  in a mother’s claim to de-legitimize the legal father, the trial court must also consider the best interests of the child. Since the law favors legitimation even when the child’s legal father may not be the biological father, a mother who seeks to de-legitimate a child is not automatically entitled to compel the legal father to submit to genetic testing. To compel genetic testing of the legal father, the mother must first present evidence establishing that de-legitimation the child is in the child’s best interests.

Lunn Law LLC and Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn want you to be aware of your paternity and legitimation case. You should speak with an experienced paternity and legitimation attorney about the particulars of your matter. Remember,in cases such as this, the court’s most important priority is the best interest of the child.

Published in: on August 20, 2010 at 4:18 pm  Comments Off  
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Hello Georgia Families!

Lunn Law and Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn designed this blog to assist spouses and/or families with their domestic matters.  A great deal of the information on this blog will direct you to other informative sites that may be helpful to you.  The information is meant to be practical in nature.  Lunn Law and Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn do not intended for this blog to be taken as legal advice and you should speak with an attorney about the specifics of any legal matter.

This blog is not solely meant for those that are in domestic conflict.  There will be information posted that will be valuable to any married person, those in a domestic partnership, parents, or those acting as a physical or legal custodian of a child.

For additional information, go to http://www.lunnlaw.com and/or call our Lunn Law LLC or Attorney Tiffany R. Lunn at (770)-492-2974.

Published in: on July 27, 2010 at 6:56 pm  Comments Off  
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