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10 Tips for Successful Domestic Mediation

by gaflp2 | March 24th, 2015 | No Comments
10 Tips for Successful Domestic Mediation

1-Remember that the objective for mediation is compromise.   Imagine if your case was to go to court and you were to lose everything you were hoping to gain.   Mediation allows both sides the opportunity to reach a compromise you can both live with.    2- Try to reach reasonable goals during mediation.  Search for […]

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Why You Should Re-adopt Your Internationally Adopted Child

by gaflp2 | March 24th, 2015 | No Comments
Why You Should Re-adopt Your Internationally Adopted Child

People most often get confused about whether or not they are required to domesticate their foreign adoption, or “re-adopt” their internationally adopted child.  Do you know what to do? Here is a Simple Rule of Thumb: If your child was issued an IR-3 or IH-3 immigrant visa, you are not required under federal law to […]

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What are the Different Types of Adoptions in Georgia?

by gaflp2 | February 19th, 2015 | No Comments
What are the Different Types of Adoptions in Georgia?

What are the Different Types of Adoptions in Georgia? There are many types of adoption here in Georgia.  Here is some general information to help you decide which type of adoption is best for you and your spouse to expand your family.   Here is a great list of the basic types of adoptions in Georgia: […]

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Making Sense of Child Custody

by gaflp2 | February 6th, 2015 | No Comments
Making Sense of Child Custody

Understanding child custody in Georgia can be confusing. There are basically two parts to custody under Georgia law — legal custody and physical custody. You should talk with a family attorney to help you understand what combination of legal or physical custody is best for your situation.  But in the meantime . . . here is some basic information […]

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Terminating Parental Rights, Legitimation, Adoption

by gaflp2 | November 20th, 2014 | No Comments
Terminating Parental Rights, Legitimation, Adoption

Brine v. Shipp, 291 Ga. 376 (2012)  Topics Covered: –       Terminating Parental Rights –       Legitimation –       Adoption Summary The Superior court does not have the authority to terminate a legal father’s parental rights and grant a biological father’s petition to legitimate a child as part of a divorce matter.  Only the Juvenile Court has jurisdiction […]

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-Parental Custody, Third Party Custody

by gaflp2 | March 18th, 2013 | No Comments
-Parental Custody, Third Party Custody

 Hastings v. Hastings, 291 Ga. 782(2012)   -Parental Custody, Third Party Custody, Adoption  The Supreme Court in this case sensibly reinterprets the third party custody statute –  O.C.G.A. § 19-7-1 (b) (1) to recognize adoptive parents as legal biological parents  and not as third parties in custody disputes.  Back Ground  In early 2006, Mr. Hastings had […]

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