Temporary Protective Orders in Georgia

Attorney Tiffany Lunn represents both alleged victims and alleged victimizers regarding Temporary Protective Orders.  Both parties must be diligent in taking action if abuse is alleged.  All alleged victims are not victims and all alleged victimizers are not falsely accused.  It is important that each takes the appropriate course so that they has the best chance possible in presenting the facts for the judge and the appropriate action can be taken.

When going to court for a Temporary Protection Order to be granted or denied, the parties must know  that other aspects of their lives may be affected by the Protection Order.  Attorney Tiffany Lunn has spoken with those either seeking an order of defending against an order that are not aware of how such an order may affect their lives.  Criminal implications and consequences can also affect and be affected by a Temporary Protection Order Hearing. Therefore, Attorney Tiffany Lunn believes preparation for the Temporary Protection Hearing can not be overlooked.

Attorney Tiffany Lunn advises that parties seek legal counsel early whether via private counsel or through an organization such as Legal Aid. Give your attorney enough time to prepare your case efficiently. Do not wait to the last minute for something so important.  There are various organization to assist, if money is a factor in any procrastination.  Stalking, violence and threats of violence (and allegations pertaining to them) are extremely serious.  Seek assistance.

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Published in: on August 18, 2013 at 12:34 pm  Comments Off on Temporary Protective Orders in Georgia  
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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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Georgia ranks 10th in Domestic Violence Homicides for 2012

Domestic Violence is sometimes linked to family law cases including but not exclusive to divorce, legitimation, and child custody. The Georgia Commission of Family Violence and the Coalition Against Domestic Violence released its 2012 domestic violence homicide report.  Attorney Tiffany Lunn believes the report is an effort to address the problem of domestic violence homicide and to analyze ways to decrease such homicides in the future. The report is a call to action so that the public recognizes the domestic violence is a huge issue in Georgia and in this country. You can find out more information here and on the Fatality Review website.

Published in: on April 13, 2013 at 6:53 pm  Leave a Comment  
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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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Congress urges Supreme Court to overturn DOMA

The United States Supreme Court is to consider whether to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, this legally forbids the federal recognition of same-sex marriage.  Under DOMA, gay and lesbian couples would not receive the same benefits of heterosexual couples such as tax and Social Security benefits. Of those congressmen and senators urging the Supreme Court to overturn DOMA, there are only two representatives from the state of Georgia. President Bill Clinton, who signed DOMA into law, has requested that the United States Supreme Court overturn it.

Arguments will be heard by the United States Supreme Court on March 27, 2013. A decision is not likely until June 2013. The outcome will affect domestic relations law throughout the country and the lives of many Americans.  Read the articles below to find out more about this important issue.

DOMA Challenges

Congress Urges Overturn of DOMA

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Published in: on March 13, 2013 at 9:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Divorcing After Fifty: On the Rise Nationally

More people over the age of fifty (50) are divorcing for a number of reasons.  These reasons vary from couple to couple. One reason seems to be that people are living longer thereby giving them more time to decide to chart another course for their lives.  A second reason seems to be because the stigma of divorce has greatly diminished in recent years.  Because the stigma has diminished, it was caused fewer people to be intimidated into remaining in a bad or unsatisfied marriage. A third reason people over the age of fifty (50) are divorcing is that in general, the financial reasons for remaining married becomes less important as people grow older.  In general, those over the age of fifty (50) are in a better position to move forward financially without a partner than younger individuals.  Tiffany R. Lunn Esq has found in her own practice that she is encountering more people above the age of fifty that are divorcing or interested in divorcing. You can find out more about divorcing over the age of 50 by reading this article in the Chicago Tribune:

Chicago Tribune: Divorcing Over 50

Published in: on March 1, 2013 at 5:11 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Do I Need A Lawyer To Get A Divorce In Georgia

Lunn Law LLC and Attorney Tiffany Lunn frequently gets this question: Do I need a lawyer to get a divorce?  The audio listed below from Georgia Legal Aid best answers that question.

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Published in: on February 9, 2013 at 12:52 pm  Comments Off on Do I Need A Lawyer To Get A Divorce In Georgia  
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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 on Life After Divorce  
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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 on Required Divorcing Parent’s Seminar in Metro-Atlanta  
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