Written by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Friday, 24 January 2014 11:00
If you live in Atlanta, our team of divorce and family law attorneys cordially invites you to our seminar at our Alpharetta office on Wednesday, February 19th, 7:30 AM AND Tuesday, February 25th at 7:30 AM: Introduction to Divorce - What to Expect.
During this one-hour interactive breakfast seminar, you will gain a basic understanding of Georgia divorce options, expectations and responsibilities - for today and in the future. You will also learn about how to prepare for the legal, financial, and emotional aspects of divorce.
What You Need To Know
Our Associate Attorney, Randy Sabatini, will be our lead speaker and will cover a number of relevant divorce topics including:
- Making the best decision for you and your family - questions to ask yourself and others
- Understanding your options - what to do and plan, regardless of your decision
- Common myths and misconceptions - the process, finances, child custody, and support
- Court alternatives - including mediation and collaborative law
- Coping with the stress and emotions - how to react, recover, and rebuild
- Other resources and support available to you - counseling, support groups, etc.
After the seminar, our attorneys will be available to answer your general or personal questions. This is a small group environment, so attendance is limited to 10.
Here are the event details:
Date: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 AND Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Time: 7:30 - 8:30 AM
Location: Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor - Alpharetta Office (near NorthPoint Mall)
11175 Cicero Drive, Building 200, Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Speaker: Randy Sabatini, Sr. Attorney
Register for Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor’s Intro to Divorce Seminar Today
For more information or to reserve your space, please contact Stacy Johnson by phone at (770) 308-5376 or email
Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor will confirm that no conflicts exist with current clients or among seminar attendees. Your information will be kept confidential.
Written by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Monday, 13 January 2014 09:29
In Loriann Hoff Oberlin’s “Surviving Separation and Divorce,” Oberlin shares her story of taking back her life after divorce and the journey she had to go through from rebuilding her self-esteem, developing an active social life, to dealing with lawyers and the court system.
It goes without saying that dealing with the legal system with no experience can be complicated and costly. At Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, we serve as your advocates, walking you through every step of the Georgia divorce process and helping you understand your options and potential outcomes of your divorce case.
In Oberlin’s book, she outlines her top legal mistakes made in divorce, and in this entry, we’d like to share with you five common legal mistakes.
Crucial Mistakes That Can Be Made During Divorce
1. Allowing your emotions to get the best of you. Don’t let your emotions take control of your divorce. Be proactive rather than reactive during your divorce. You will risk sabotaging your case if you are too anxious, jump to conclusions, or don’t think things through during divorce proceedings.
2. Forgetting details, documents, and facts. This goes back to a past entry from our Associate Attorney, Jenni Brown. In a divorce case, preparing a timeline is crucial for both you and your attorney. A timeline provides evidence and reliable documentation of every detail and fact. This will help your case rather than hinder it.
3. Withholding information from your attorney. Some people don’t trust their attorney, even though they’re there to represent you and have your best interests in mind. When you meet with an attorney, see if they can fully answer your questions and you feel comfortable working with them. After all, they’re going to be with you every step of your legal journey. If you want your attorney to do a great job, you need to be transparent and tell them everything.
4. Being your attorney’s worst enemy and hindering your case. If you start pestering your attorney and contacting them multiple times a day, you will hinder your case and alienate the one person who is there to help you. Be proactive by asking your attorney how you can best help them.
5. Having unrealistic expectations. Many people believe that if they’re the victim of their divorce that they deserve everything and their ex deserves nothing at all. That’s just not the case. When children, assets, finances, and property are in dispute, demands must be made in a reasonable manner. Remember, Georgia is an equitable division state, and marital property is divided equitably or fairly to both parties, not just one of the parties.
Contact Our Experienced Atlanta Divorce Attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor Today
You don’t need to go through the divorce process alone. Our team of experienced divorce and family law attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor will help you discuss your case, understand the Georgia divorce process, your options and rights, and help you through this process.
With four offices in Alpharetta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, and Marietta, we proudly service our clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Call us at 678-905-8492 or complete a contact form to schedule a consultation with our team today.
Written by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Monday, 30 December 2013 09:45
The New Year is about making a fresh start and turning your life around. Traditionally, New Year’s resolutions meant getting in shape, quitting smoking, or looking for a new career. For others, the New Year can be a much more dramatic and life-changing decision, such as divorce.
Believe it or not, the month of January results in the most amount of divorces and it is likely to increase in the years ahead. Couples divorcing in the new year put on a brave face through the holidays for the sake of family. The new year provides an opportunity for a clean slate and positive move away from a negative relationship.
What You Need To Do To Plan For Your Georgia Divorce
If you are planning to file for a Georgia divorce, keep in mind these five tips to help set you on the right path in 2014 and move forward with your new life.
1. Prepare a timeline. You will have to tell your story to your family law attorney. Preparing a timeline will ensure you have all the facts written down, lower the pressure and stress when you explain your issues to your attorney, and you and your attorney are prepared ahead of time for court.
2. Gather all necessary financial information. Gather all the necessary financial and legal documents including bank statements, tax forms, and any prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.
3. Open your own accounts. Now that you’re on your own, you will need to establish your own accounts. This does not mean by solely opening a bank account, but also email accounts, bills, and social accounts that you and your ex shared.
4. Be alert during the divorce process. It is not uncommon for your soon-to-be ex to hide assets, shift money, and seek vengeance as you part ways. Try to be civil and cooperative during the process. Open communication and compromise will be key to amicably settling divorce. As always, keep your eyes and ears open for any suspicious activity and unusual behavior from your ex.
5. Build your divorce team. While you have your circle of family members and close friends, start building a professional team that will be on your side during your divorce. Your professional divorce team can include your attorney, colleagues, counselors, and even your doctor.
While you build your divorce team, collaborative law may be another option to help you with your Georgia divorce. Click here to learn more about collaborative law and how an entire team of professionals can settle all aspects of divorce by a written agreement. In addition, they will help determine what’s best for a couple divorcing with children.
Contact The Atlanta Divorce & Family Law Attorneys Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor Today
Remember, it is very important to discuss your case and questions with an experienced divorce and family law attorney.
The Atlanta divorce attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor will help you understand the Georgia divorce process, your legal options, and possible outcomes of your divorce.
We have four convenient offices throughout the Atlanta Metropolitan area including Alpharetta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, and Marietta. To schedule a consultation today, call us at (678) 905-8492 or complete a contact form by clicking here.
Written by Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Friday, 13 December 2013 08:14
The first holiday season after a divorce or separation can be difficult. Now that you’re not with your ex, the holiday parties and events you have been attending for years have suddenly changed. Going through the holidays alone requires good planning, a good attitude, and realistic expectations. Through the eyes and first hand experiences of our clients, here is a short list of tips to help you have a happy and enjoyable holiday season.
5 Tips From SMP Clients to Survive the Holiday After Divorce
1. Make plans with family and friends. Make plans with close friends and loved ones to avoid spending time at home alone. Make sure that you don’t have free time where you may end up thinking about your ex;
2. Avoid sentimental places. Avoid visiting places where you have holiday memories with your ex;
3. Keep your children’s best interests in mind. If you and your ex have kids, plan for them to spend time with both you and your ex. Ensuring that they get quality time with both parents over the holidays has a positive effect on your children’s well being and the level of cooperation with your ex;
4. Take a vacation. Get away from all the people and places that remind you of your ex and your previous life. Taking a vacation will give you the opportunity to relax and forget about all the drama and difficulty that came with your divorce and separation;
5. Count your blessings. Always remember that things could be worse. No matter how bad the divorce was, you still have something to be thankful for. Be thankful for what you have and take a positive outlook on your situation and the holidays. Be optimistic, you never know what the holiday and New Year may bring to you.
Don’t Go Through Divorce Alone: Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor Are Here For You
If you or someone you know is contemplating or going through divorce and needs help with understanding the Georgia divorce process and options, schedule a consultation with one of our Atlanta divorce attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor. Our team of family law attorneys will help you discuss your situation and guide you through this difficult time. With four offices in Alpharetta, Buckhead, Dunwoody, and Marietta, we proudly serve our clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area.
Call us at 678-905-8492 or complete our simple contact form to schedule a consultation today.