Ask The Experts: Common Family Law Questions
In any area of business, a professional should expect to receive plenty of questions from their clients. In the world of family law, this is especially true due to the complex nature of legal matters like divorce, child custody, and alimony payments. Here at Oxendine Law, our family law experts pride themselves on always being there for our clients and offering them the expertise and knowledge they require during every step of their respective legal process. This is why we have taken the time to answer a few common family law questions to help educate our readers.
Question #1: What is the purpose of a temporary child custody order?
It can often take the court an extended period of time to determine the outcome in a child custody case. As such, a temporary child custody order may be used to establish custody until the issues are ultimately resolved. Additionally, there are other circumstances in which a temporary custody order can be helpful. This includes situations where a parent becomes seriously ill or is hospitalized. It also affords the Court the opportunity to see how the parties handle their co-parenting positions, which is a big consideration in the final custody determination. Proving that you are not only capable of co-parenting but are reasonable and cooperative will make a big impact toward improving your chances of being awarded custody on a permanent basis.
Question #2: Where do I go to formally file for divorce?
Here in Georgia, a person seeking the divorce must generally bring a formal divorce complaint to the Superior Court in the county where their spouse resides, though there are some legal exceptions. If their spouse no longer lives in Georgia, the complaint must be filed in the county of your own residence. Once this is done, a copy of the complaint will be personally served upon to the defendant (or “respondent”) and they will then have 30 days to file a written answer to the complaint.
Question #3: What happens to my alimony payments if I am remarried?
In some cases, becoming remarried can be a legal basis for ending an alimony award, however, this isn’t always the case. There are multiple considerations that go into the issue of whether alimony terminates upon remarriage, most of which stem from the language of the Order that granted alimony.
We hope you found these answers helpful. If you have any additional questions or concerns pertaining to a personal family law matter, we highly recommend reaching out to the experienced family law professionals here at Oxendine Law. For more information, or if you need assistance with anything relating to family law, contact Oxendine Law at (770) 497-8688 today. You can also follow us on Facebook and Instagram for additional information and updates.