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Who Gets Custody?

By Amanda Speights / January 29, 2019 / Comments Off on Who Gets Custody?

Every parent wants what is best for their children. Sometimes, however, parents disagree on what that is. At Speights Law, our lawyers strive to help parents in Canton and the surrounding areas of Georgia work out child custody arrangements that support the best interests of the children involved.

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Can I Change My Child’s Last Name After a Divorce?

By Amanda Speights / September 6, 2018 / Comments Off on Can I Change My Child’s Last Name After a Divorce?

Although more hyphenated last names have been used in recent years, the overwhelming majority of children born in the United States tend to take their father’s last name.

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6 Reasons Couples End Their Marriages

By Amanda Speights / June 8, 2018 / Comments Off on 6 Reasons Couples End Their Marriages

Every marriage has its challenges. Some of these are very unique. Others are not. While some couples do manage to work their way through things and stay together, many marriages simply end.

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Understanding a Parenting Plan in Georgia

By Amanda Speights / February 12, 2018 / Comments Off on Understanding a Parenting Plan in Georgia

If you have a custody case, whether it is a divorce, legitimation, or modification of custody, a parenting plan is required. Below are some common questions clients often ask regarding parenting plans.

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The Divorce Process Starts with Stating Your Intentions

By Amanda Speights / December 9, 2017 / Comments Off on The Divorce Process Starts with Stating Your Intentions

No one gets married with the idea that they will eventually divorce, but you could find yourself staring this situation in the face at some point.

With so many challenges associated with the divorce process, you need to have a clear idea of your legal rights from the start.

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Top Tips for Obtaining a Child Support Modification

By Amanda Speights / September 9, 2017 / Comments Off on Top Tips for Obtaining a Child Support Modification

If you are required to pay child support, you know how important it is to stay current with your payments.

At some point, you may find that you are unable to make your child support payments in full and on time. If this happens, you may be tempted to pay less and hope for the best. This isn’t the approach you should take.

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Six Tips For a Quicker Divorce

By Amanda Speights / July 6, 2017 / Comments Off on Six Tips For a Quicker Divorce

The decision has been made. A divorce it is. Now how do you accomplish that as quickly as possible? Many family law cases take months or even years to finalize. It does not have to be that way. If you want to file for divorce, and you want it to be over as soon as possible so you can move on with your life, you have options.

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Appealing a Criminal Conviction in Georgia

By Amanda Speights / May 4, 2017 / Comments Off on Appealing a Criminal Conviction in Georgia

So things didn’t go as you hoped they would at trial. What now? In a criminal case, if you try your case and lose, you have an automatic right to appeal your conviction. Although you have a right to an appeal, you must take action to invoke that right and you must do so quickly.

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The Best Interests of a Child

By Amanda Speights / February 23, 2017 / Comments Off on The Best Interests of a Child

When a Judge decides who should receive custody of a child, ultimately, the judge must decide, “What is in the child’s best interests?” Georgia law sets forth several factors the Judge may consider in making that decision. The factors are not all inclusive-the judge may consider issues or items not specified.

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