- Attorneys are the backbone of the Family Law system. They can serve in various capacities – from representing clients (parents), judges, and guardian ad litems.
- Because divorce is so personal, only a small fraction of active attorneys practice family law.
- The Georgia Bar has a section for those practicing Family Law.
- There is no real data on the amount of money paid to attorneys in family law cases. Given that one case can cost $10,000 or more, it would probably be in the millions of dollars.
- An attorney’s highest oath is to the justice system.
- In Family Law, attorneys can withdraw with little warning and with no consequence.
- Attorney fee awards ordered by the Court cannot be liquidated in bankruptcy.
- In Georgia, there are specific statues (O.C.G.A. § 9-15-14, O.C.G.A. § 19-6-2, and O.C.G.A. § 19-9-3(g)) in which Courts can award attorney’s fees to a party.
- Attorneys are licensed and sanctioned by that state’s Bar Association.
- In Georgia, a complaint is filed here.
- It is extremely important to find an attorney who is the best match for you and your circumstances. Yet there are few resources to help match you with the best attorney.
- On the internet, reviews on websites like Avvo.net can be manipulated in order to make an attorney look better.
- Since practicing law is subjective, attorneys are rarely punished for providing bad legal advice. The most common violations are for failing to respond to a request by the Georgia State Bar, criminal conviction, and co-mingling client funds.
- Because most cases are settled prior to trial, the bulk of the time and resources to negotiate settlements is done by the attorneys representing the parents. These hand-craft agreements promoted by attorneys have two principle downfalls: 1. Negotiations can cost almost as much – if not more – than a trial 2. Courts can refuse to enforce portions of divorce agreement or may change it
- The legal profession is a tightly-knit community. If you have a bad experience with an attorney, it can sometimes cause prevent other attorneys from representing you (like blacklisting).
- The bottom line is that attorneys represent their clients (parents) and not the children.
- We will be working on a list of recommended attorneys that people can trust.
- We need to reduce the ways in which attorneys can collect fees.