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Other Services We Provide Our Clients

At Reese-Beisbier & Associates, we are not just divorce attorneys, we offer a variety of other family law services. Our services are typically directed toward post-divorce actions, and we are well-prepared to take action for you and your family. Check out our most recent video, highlighting our services and how we can help your situation.

Here is an overview of services that you can expect to find here:

  • Post-Divorce Actions: A majority of our clients come back for guidance on contempt actions after divorce. Typically, we work with our client to receive child support, receive property or money that was ordered by the court. We don’t take contempt lightly, and will work hard to fulfill this obligation from the other party.
  • Modifications – Alimony or Child Support: Modifications is an area that we can specialize in for you. Post-divorce modifications occur when circumstances change for a family, and the individual can no longer afford to pay alimony or child support.
  • Modifications – Custody: In Georgia, a lot of our modification actions for custody begin with the 14-Year-Old Election. A child of the age of 14 has the ability to elect to live with a certain parent. You can file a modification based on this election, alone.
  • Legitimation & Paternity Cases: These particular actions are filed for individuals who are not married and have children. Check out this article to learn more about the risks of  being unmarried with children here.
  • Adoptions: Our adoption services usually focus on step-parent or grandparent adoption of children. In these situations, the step-parent or grandparent want to ensure the child’s stability.
  • Prenuptial Agreements: These types of agreements are important to individuals who are going into a marriage with substantial assets. A prenuptial agreement allows you protection of these assets if a divorce ever occurred in your future.

If you have any questions, we are here to help. Please call our office at 678.947.2988, and we’d be happy to work with you!

This Could Get Ugly: Why You Need a Divorce Attorney

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Divorce can be emotionally draining, difficult and complex. And, perhaps most importantly, it can be expensive. It’s tempting to try to resolve matters with your soon-to-be ex on your own and without assistance from an attorney, but in doing so you could be doing yourself a great disservice. Sometimes, couples who get along during the divorce process suddenly find themselves angry and at odds on a single issue that would have been easily resolved with help from a lawyer.

If you’re contemplating a divorce but aren’t sure you’re ready to spend money on an attorney, here are some reasons why you may want to rethink your strategy.

Your Attorney Can Prevent Costly Mistakes

Often, people who opt not to get attorneys involved in the divorce process end up poorly negotiating their divorces, causing them to spend far more money in the long term than they might otherwise. Small mistakes can cost big time if left unchecked, and isn’t worth it to be left holding the bill because you decided against getting professional guidance.

An Experienced Lawyer Can Provide Expert Advice

The legal system can be tricky to navigate, but an expert attorney with experience litigating divorces can help walk you through the process easily and painlessly. For many people, this reason alone is enough to enlist professional help when trying to understand the complexities of divorce law.

A Lawyer Can Protect You In the Case of a Lying or Vindictive Spouse

Perhaps the best reason to get a lawyer is in the case where you think a partner might be lying to you or is being vindictive about the divorce. In these cases, it’s best to work with someone with the knowledge and expertise to look critically at situations and draft documentation in ways that protect you from manipulation or other bullying tactics. This can be particularly vital in cases where there are children involved, as bitter spouses may be inclined to use the children as leverage against one another instead of focusing on what’s best for the little ones.

In moving forward with your divorce, remember that quick fixes like do-it-yourself documents, while legally binding, don’t take into consideration the precise circumstances of your particular situation. This is why it is universally better to get the opinion of an attorney on all divorce matters that may have a bearing on your future.

If you are in the midst of a divorce and are seeking professional advice, contact Reese Beisbier & Associates at 678-947-2988 to learn how our experienced family law attorneys can protect you and your assets.

Happily Ever After? The Top Things to Address In a Prenup

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Most people understand that prenuptial agreements can provide valuable protections for married individuals with disproportionate wealth who wish to protect themselves or their families in the event of a divorce. But what, exactly, does a prenup entail?

Sometimes, people have the mistaken assumption that if a couple is considering a prenup, they are anticipating divorce before they’ve even gotten married. The problem with this type of thinking is that it assumes a rather rosy view of marriage, one that tends to be highly idealistic. The reality is that circumstances can often change, and nothing is guaranteed. Particularly in cases where there is a lot of money or property at stake, a prenup is an excellent way to protect individuals should something go awry with the marriage. In many cases, a prenup that is drafted while couples are in love and are getting along well is strongly advisable, relative to a messy, prenup-less divorce where emotions are running high and the people involved are not acting rationally.

An air-tight prenup should always include the following:

Property and Finances

A strong prenup will first and foremost dictate what should happen to property owned at the time of marriage in the event of a divorce. The document will say exactly what should happen to the family home, summer home and all other expensive luxury goods and assets. However, couples can be flexible in drafting these agreements. For example, in a case where a woman is entitled to keep the home in the event of a divorce, there may be a provision that requires her former spouse to continue to pay the maintenance fees.

Additionally, a solid prenuptial agreement will also list what should happen to accounts such as joint bank accounts, debts accrued, retirement funds and education funds that the parties accrued prior to the marriage. Lastly a prenup must have a comprehensive list of clear party’s, assets, debts, and income, including the current values of some.

Spousal Support Obligations

In a traditional divorce, a court may opt to award alimony to a partner who earns less, in order to help that person maintain the lifestyle that person was used to living while in the marriage. However, with a prenuptial agreement, couples can work together to dictate this number long before they even contemplate divorce.

Directions as to Education and Religious Matters to Future Born Children

A strong prenup should consider what happens in the event of children born from the marriage. In particular, educational provisions can ensure the parents are saving money for the child’s future, and religious provisions can ensure that the child is raised in accordance with certain religious beliefs as promised by one parent to another when the prenuptial agreement was signed.

State Law and Dispute Resolution Clauses

Prenups are essentially contracts that, for the most part, allow parties to contract as to their wishes in the event of a split. (There are some provisions that courts will refuse to enforce as part of a prenup, such as child custody stipulations and visitation rights in the event of a divorce.) Therefore, much like a typical contract, parties can contract for which state’s laws they would like applied to their prenup, as well as issues like dispute resolution methods in the case of a disagreement.

If you are on the brink of marriage but fear there may be a lot at stake in the case of a divorce, contact the team at Reese Beisbier and Associates to learn about our experience in drafting prenups. We draw upon our years of family law experience to draft a prenuptial agreement that is fair to both parties, so that they can feel protected as they enter a life of marital bliss.

Tera’s Tips: Financing A Divorce

Divorces can be expensive, and without knowing the proper information before you make this life-changing decision, it could hurt you financially. If you’re thinking about going own this road, please take a look at our video to learn more about what you should expect financially when it comes to a divorce. At Reese-Biesbier & Associates, we are here for you right from the start. If you ever have any questions feel free to reach out to us, we are here to answer any questions you have.

The Initial Consultation with Reese-Beisbier & Associates

The initial consultation is an important conversation to have with your attorney. This will not only pave the way for what needs to happen but how it’s going to happen. At Reese-Beisbier & Associates, we want you to feel confident in your decision and we are here for you right from the start of this life-changing process.

How to Protect Yourself and Your Finances if Your Spouse is Cheating

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In July, America erupted in a social media firestorm as it became evident that the website Ashley Madison, which was created specifically to help married people cheat on their spouses, suffered a data breach that threatens to expose the personal information of its 37 million users.

The hack brings to light a difficult issue in the legal realm: that of a cheating spouse. Because most couples don’t agree to prenups that dictate what happens if one spouse is caught cheating on the other, these individuals are often forced to work out the details after the cheating has occurred and the affair is exposed. In particular, cheating can have significant ramifications in the case of child custody.

However, if you suspect your partner may be cheating, there are steps you can take to help protect yourself and your assets should your marriage be headed for divorce. Here are some of our top tips from the team at Reese-Beisbier & Associates.

It’s Not Too Late for a Prenup

In this modern era where digital technology and social media make cheating easier than ever, it’s often a wise idea to get a prenup regardless of whether you think your spouse may actually cheat. The reality is that no one knows what the future holds, and even the most loving and compassionate relationship can go sour in the wake of financial hurdles or other difficulties. Having an agreement drafted in advance of difficult times can help you protect your assets further down the line.

Refrain from Snooping

Going through your significant other’s text messages, email and other personal communications is a common impulse if you believe your spouse may be cheating, but doing so can have serious legal and sometimes criminal consequences if done without consent. Laws vary from state to state and are changing all the time, so in any case it’s best to exercise caution and refrain from engaging in this behavior entirely.

Educate Yourself in Your Family’s Finances

Regardless of whether you are the primary breadwinner or the person who holds the most decision-making power as to how to spend money, one of the greatest ways to protect your assets is to educate yourself as to where your money is being spent and where debts have arisen. Remaining in the dark about these matters can leave you vulnerable should divorce proceedings be on the horizon, and you may later find your cheating spouse invested in assets that you weren’t aware of, simply to hide assets from you during divorce proceedings.

Contact an Attorney

Even if you don’t believe your marriage is headed for divorce, consulting with an attorney will give you a full overview of your rights. It’s worth it to spend the time to sit down with someone who can review your finances and let you know where you stand should a legal battle commence.

The attorneys at Reese-Beisbier & Associates have years of experience litigating complicated divorce cases. If you are ready to contact a leading divorce attorney who can help guide you through complex divorce laws, contact our firm at (678) 947-2988.

The Consequences of Sharing Divorce Details on Social Media

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If you’re in the midst of a difficult divorce, it can be tempting to go online and share the private details of your situation with your friends and family on Facebook or other social media platforms. But what feels like a release in the moment can be a costly mistake, should you say the wrong thing or something libelous against your soon-to-be former spouse.

When it comes to social media and divorce, the best rule of thumb is to not use social media at all during and after the divorce.

share any private details publicly. However, some people find it necessary and even liberating to share a brief statement that they are in the midst of ending a marriage. A simple, concise statement revealing the information and asking for respect or consideration during this time can lead to an outpouring of support from friends and family without having any specific legal ramifications.

However, if you are active on social media and going through a divorce, consider these potential scenarios before posting anything you might regret later.

Online Activity Can Point to Hidden Assets

If you’re in a situation where you claim you can’t afford to pay spousal support or you’re asking for more alimony, then it would be unwise to post photos from your recent French vacation and your brand new car purchase. This can point to inconsistencies in your statement, which can be used against you when trying to reach a settlement.

Electronic Communications are Admissible in Court

All electronic communications including email and text messages are admissible in court. As a lawyer, I often advise that people do not post anything on social media that you wouldn’t want a judge to read. This extends not only to information about financial matters in your divorce, but also outright mean or negative statements that could have some bearing on your credibility or character should they come under scrutiny. Again, best practice is to not use social media at all.

Public Communications Can Be Used in a Libel Action

In general, everything you post on social media should be construed as public, even if you have high levels of privacy settings. You never know when an old friend may take a screenshot or share a post that you shared in confidence. Therefore, anything that’s not completely true that serves to insult or damage the character of your ex can be fodder for a libel lawsuit. It’s best to avoid saying negative things about your former partner completely.

For any questions about the admissibility of social media evidence in your divorce, contact our firm at 678-947-2988 to learn how we can help you protect yourself and get the settlement you deserve.

Tips for Getting the Best Custody Arrangement Post-Divorce

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As a parent, one of the most challenging aspects of divorce is knowing you may not have as much access to your own child or children as you are used to having. This can be discouraging or downright depressing as you work out arrangements to see your kids just a few nights a week, only on weekends, every other weekend or even less, depending on your ultimate arrangement.

If you’re going through a divorce, it’s important to remember that the best possible scenario isn’t necessarily what’s best for you… it’s what’s best for your child. Therefore, it’s important to keep in mind items like school districts, extracurricular activities and your own living situation.

Judges consider many factors when contemplating custody arrangements. Some of these include: age of children, children’s preferences, signs of abuse or neglect, your record of cooperating with your former partner in handling custody arrangements, and family stability. Below are some tips that take some of these factors into consideration to ensure you end up with a custody arrangement that works well for all involved.

Consider Your Child’s Interests

In order to get the best possible custody arrangement, it is necessary to consider exactly what’s best for your child. Perhaps it makes the most sense for your ex to have custody on weeknights if your child is in an intensive after-school athletic program and your former spouse is the team coach. If you are willing to compromise in some areas, then the judge may be more inclined to work with you to develop a custody schedule that works for both you and your ex-spouse.

Be Realistic About Your Schedule

As you work to develop a custody arrangement, it’s important to be realistic about your own schedule and commitments. If you know you often have to work late on Tuesday nights, then it would seem less-than-ideal for you to fight for custody on those evenings. Try to figure out which dates and times would be the most realistic for you to spend time with your children.

Your Ex May Have Been a Bad Partner, but Can Still Be a Good Parent

When a divorce is particularly messy, it can sometimes be difficult to separate a bad spouse from a good parent. Just because you can’t get along with your ex doesn’t automatically make that person an unfit parent, which is something that can be tough to see in a bitter divorce. Take time to acknowledge the good your ex-spouse has done in raising your children, and use this as the foundation for developing custody compromises rather than your own personal resentments.

Our Divorce Attorneys Can Help

If you are going through a complicated custody battle, contact our firm at 678-947-2988 to learn how we can assist you in developing a custody arrangement that puts your child’s interests first. As experienced family law attorneys, we have the knowledge and experience to determine a course to custody that is right for you.

 

We Proudly Announce E. Lauren Ducharme as a New Partner of Reese-Beisbier & Associates

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Reese-Beisbier & Associates is proud to welcome E. Lauren Ducharme as the firm’s newest partner. Through her hard work and dedication to the practice of law, Ducharme has solidified her place as one of the top family law attorneys in the region, with her status as a firm partner rightfully earned. Ducharme will be playing a pivotal role in shaping the future of Reese-Beisbier & Associates as the firm continues to grow and expand.

Ducharme began her foray into family law practice at a mere seventeen years old. At that time, she worked in a legal assistant role at a firm in Cumming, Ga., prompting her to consider law as a future career. After attending the University of Georgia and moving to New York to attend Pace Law School, she returned to Georgia to begin her trajectory as a family law attorney.

Upon returning to Georgia, she took on an attorney position with a family law firm. It was while working there that she found herself face-to-face with Tera Reese-Beisbier in the courtroom, as the two were adversaries against one another in a family law case. When the case was complete, Reese-Beisbier surprised Durcharme by complimenting her and eventually inviting her to join Reese-Beisber & Associates. In 2009, Ducharme joined the firm and hasn’t looked back, with the aspirations of joining as a partner always on her radar.

One of Ducharme’s defining moments with Reese-Beisber stems from an experience she had early on with the firm, when the two litigated a case together.

“Within the first year I came to work with her, we tried a custody case that was really fun for us,” she says. “I learned a lot. It was one of the first contested custody cases I’d had under Tera. I got to prepare it and try it with her, and I knew I was in the right spot at that point. I like how she practices and I liked how she prepared for the case.”

Reflecting on her time with Reese-Beisbier & Associates, Ducharme is consistently impressed by the team efforts that continue to lead to the firm’s success.

“I really like working with this group, and we have a great dynamic in the office. I feel really lucky to get to work with such a close knit group of people,” she says.

As the firm grows, the team is looking at expanding its mediation practice. Mediation allows parties to come to their own solutions, and each case gets a level of attention that’s simply not possible when being litigated in front of a judge. Ducharme, like Reese-Beisbier, is a certified and registered mediator.

“Making mediation a bigger part of our business is an exciting idea,” she says. “It’s a good service and it makes you feel good to be part of that process. I think it’s an exciting aspect of the business we’re growing, and I know Tera is excited about it, too.”

Ducharme says she is thrilled to be taking on the partner role at such a highly regarded law firm.

“We’re a good firm, and we have that reputation throughout the region. I think that’s really important and I take a lot of pride in that. Other attorneys view us as very prepared and very reasonable,” she says.

On behalf of everyone at Reese-Beisbier & Associates, we are honored to welcome Ducharme onboard as a firm partner.

Choosing the Right Family Law Firm

Choosing the right family law firm can be challenging, but if you’re prepared to look for the right qualities in your firm, you will be much more satisfied in your decision. At Reese-Beisbier & Associates, we want you to be prepared in your search for a law firm. Here are a few tips to keep in mind to help you choose the right firm for you and your family.

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