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Author Archives: S. Mark Mitchell

Suing a Government Agency for Accident Injuries

When you’ve been injured in an automobile accident, you naturally to want to hold the person at fault accountable for your monetary damages. This may include suing a private company and in some cases a government agency. A negligent driver may have been working for the state or a county or municipality at the time […]

Important Steps to Take in Planning for Divorce

If you are considering a divorce, you should know that there are many steps you can take — even before you tell your spouse — that will help protect your rights and make the divorce process easier for you. This is a general list to help you get started. Take inventory of your assets and […]

Proving Paternity to Establish Entitlement to Child Support

Fathers have a legal duty to provide financial support for their minor children, but enforcing that duty depends on showing that paternity exists. This may require a separate legal proceeding if the presumed father denies the child is his. A man may dispute paternity or be unaware that he might have fathered a child. A […]

When and How Can Spousal Support Be Modified in Georgia?

After a divorce, one spouse may be entitled to receive financial support from the other. Spousal support, also commonly known as alimony, is most often awarded when one spouse has significantly less earning potential than the other and needs assistance to maintain a lifestyle at the level that existed during the marriage. Though support can […]

New Georgia Law Changes the Rules for Settlement Demands in Auto Accident Cases

Georgia has a longstanding policy of encouraging early settlement of automobile accident cases. Both drivers and insurance companies generally benefit from pre-trial settlements. Injured people can get compensation more quickly and avoid the unpredictability of a judge or jury deciding the case. Insurance companies save on costs and counsel fees otherwise spent on investigations and […]

Five Major Causes of Motorcycle Accidents in Georgia

Motorcyclists enjoy the sense of freedom they get from riding down a highway, but this enjoyment comes at a potentially heavy price. The accident rate for motorcycles is high both nationally and in Georgia. Even careful riders risk severe injury due to their lack of protection and the danger of operating these small vehicles in […]

New Georgia Laws Are Aimed at Encouraging Adoptions

Several changes to the Georgia Adoption Code that took effect in July 2021 make it easier — both legally and financially — to adopt children in the state. The legislation is designed to encourage people to adopt children from Georgia and particularly those in Georgia’s foster care system. The package of new laws includes these […]

What Changes of Circumstances Justify Modification of Child Support?

Judges in the Georgia courts determine child support obligations according to state guidelines that take into account the child’s needs and each parent’s economic circumstances. However, those needs and circumstances are likely to change over time. If the changes are substantial enough, a modification of the original child support order may be possible. Generally, a […]

Equitable vs. Equal Division of Property in a Georgia Divorce

In a Georgia divorce, property is divided between the spouses according to the rule of equitable distribution. This is different than some other states, where marital property is divided 50/50. Equitable does not necessarily mean equal. Georgia judges consider several factors when dividing up assets and debts, including each spouse’s economic and noneconomic contributions to […]

Can You Be Granted 50-50 Parenting Time in Georgia?

Child custody after a divorce is a complicated issue. Where the children will live and how much time they’ll spend with each parent is determined by a court based on a host of factors — all related to what is in the children’s best interests. Georgia judges are generally averse to granting 50-50 parenting time, […]