Lunn Law LLC: Relative Adoption

Lunn Law LLC has been handling Step-Parent Adoption for some time.   Step-Parent Adoption is when the spouse of a parent wishes to adopt the child of his or her spouse. Lunn Law LLC have recently decided to start handling relative adoption as well.  Relative Adoption includes grandparents, great-grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins etc. as long as all of the other statutory requirements are met.

Lunn Law LLC is excited about expanding its practice in regards to adoption. Lunn Law LLC has found that representing those that want to adopt can be a rewarding area of law because it can change the course of a child’s life. Relative Adoption is becoming much more common in the United States and therefore the need to provide legal counsel is also increasing.  With adoption being a very emotional process, the requirement for all the legal formalities to be followed is crucial.

Read more about Relative Adoption here:

Relative Adoption

Adoption Process and Questions

Relatives Raising Children

Published in: on March 26, 2013 at 7:58 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Life After Divorce

The judge has signed the Final Judgement and Decree of Divorce and it has been entered into the court’s records. Now the parties have to decide what their next steps will be.  There are a number of things to consider after a divorce and parties should have a plan in place on how they want to approach this new phase in their lives.

Firstly, the parties should make sure they obtain at least one certified copy of the Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce.  A certified copy is often needed for any official business where proof of divorce is required so it isn’t not uncommon where more than one copy will be needed. The court oftentimes will provide the parties with one certified copy, but addition copies beyond the first are often a per page fee.

Secondly, read your Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce again so that you are sure to keep up with your obligations and be sure to read any post-divorce document that your attorney may provide to you as a resource.  It is important that you keep up with obligations so that you are not facing legal action for contempt, placing your judgment as a parental figure in question or worsening your financial status.

Thirdly, if a child or children are involved, you should make sure that all the necessary child support documents have been received by the appropriate agencies and/or employers, if applicable. Additionally, divorced parents must find a way to co-parent in their newly defined roles as unmarried parents and attempt to make the relationship cordial enough that they can function in a healthy way as pertains to the child (ren) involved.

Fourthly, divorce persons may also want to re-evaluate their circle of friends and acquaintances and determine which ones are healthy and positive and which ones they may need to move away from.  Oftentimes, divorced persons have a difficult time with how to correspond with mutual friends of their now ex-spouse.

Fifthly, divorced persons will attempt to make sure that they transfer all assets as dictated in the Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce as soon as possible. When transfers still need to take place it is better to try to get them completed right away so that there is complete finality in regards to joint financial obligations. Doing so will cause less complications.

Lastly, action should be taken to make sure that all important documents are updated.  Such documents include Last Will and Testament, insurance policies, power of attorneys, banking accounts, credit accounts and emergency contact information on file with your employer or other agencies/businesses. See our article pertaining to Last Will and Testaments here.

Lunn Law LLC and Tiffany R. Lunn, Esq want you to be aware of the steps you should take after divorce.  You should make every attempt to follow your Decree of Divorce strictly and speak to an experienced divorce and/or contempt attorney about the particulars of your circumstances if for some reason you are not able to fulfill your obligations.

Published in: on November 28, 2012 at 7:47 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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Georgia Guardian Ad Litems: Their Role In Contested Child Custody and Divorce Cases

A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is an attorney appointed by the Court to represent the best interests of the child/children in a contested child custody or divorce case.  A Guardian Ad Litem is not necessary in every such case.  An appointment usually occurs when one party makes serious allegations about the ability of the party to care for the child/children or when there is a disagreement on who will be the primary custodian.

It is the Guardian Ad Litem’s duty to conduct an investigation into the life of the child/children and provide a report and recommendation to the Court based on that investigation.  If a Guardian Ad Litem is appointed to your case, you should expect some or many of the following to occur: consultations independent of your attorney, home visits, consultations with your attorney, interviews with childcare providers, character witnesses, teachers, and his/her review of various records such as medical, school and/or visitation.

Sometimes, the parties may agree on a particular Guardian Ad Litem, but other times the parties do not get a choice in who the Court appoints. Regardless, you should be cooperative with the Guardian Ad Litem and treat him or her with professional courtesy.  The Guardian Ad Litem is there solely to make a determination of what is in the best interest of your child/children and once that is done, your case is one step closer to being concluded.

Post written by: Tiffany Lunn Esq.

Phone: 770-492-2974

Published in: on May 23, 2011 at 12:43 pm  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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Considering a Collaborative Divorce?

Collaborative Divorce is growing more and more popular with spouses that wish to divorce but would like to end their marriage without having a  contested trial.  Click on the article below to better understand the collaborative process.  Depending on a number of factors, it may be the appropriate path for you or someone you know.

Lunn Law LLC and Tiffany R. Lunn, Esq want you to be aware of your divorce rights and all possible choices you may have in proceeding with divorce.  You should speak to an experienced attorney about the particular of your case.  Collaborative Divorce is not a good choice for all divorcing couples.

http://family-law.lawyers.com/divorce/Collaborative-Divorce-Law.html#

 

Published in: on August 12, 2010 at 7:14 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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