Every family is different, and every divorce case brings unique circumstances and legal issues. The attorneys at Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery have unparalleled experience in helping our clients navigate a difficult process. Through our years of combined experience and continuing legal education, we are equipped to handle whatever challenges arise in a family law matter.
We recognize and empathize with the intense emotions our clients often experience. At the same time, we maintain our ultimate focus on providing sensible advice on how to achieve the best outcome for our clients.
Whether through a trial or through settlement, our goal is to advocate for our clients in a comprehensive and straightforward manner so that our clients can navigate the divorce process and move forward with confidence that they have gotten the best possible result.
Our attorneys represent clients in both contested and uncontested divorce cases. In contested divorce cases, we guide our clients through this more complex divorce process with a goal of minimizing the financial and emotional impact that these cases often have on individuals. In uncontested divorce cases, even in situations where high net worth families or complex custody issues exist, we ensure our clients’ uncontested divorce agreements are fair, legally binding and enforceable.
The attorneys at Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery help our clients navigate the options available to them when there is a decision to divorce. We represent clients in both contested and uncontested divorce cases. Our attorneys approach each case with the skill required to negotiate and settle matters and ensure our clients’ divorce agreements are fair, legally binding and enforceable. We understand that contested divorces often present our clients with the most stressful period in their lives. We are creative problem solvers, and invest the time required in court and in discovery to ensure all current and future issues in these more complex divorce cases are uncovered.
Some clients find they can eliminate court entirely in an uncontested divorce. While these divorces are settled out of court, there still may be complex custody or other issues to resolve until settlement. For high net worth and high asset parties, uncontested divorces still require the same level of diligence in discovery to ensure all current and future issues are uncovered. Our attorneys understand that even uncontested divorces can have significant financial and emotional impact on the affected parties.
Alimony is support for one spouse that is paid by the other, as if he or she were receiving income. It is taxable to the party receiving the alimony and deductible by the party who is paying the alimony. In divorce cases, alimony may be awarded on a temporary or permanent basis for the support and maintenance of either spouse.
The amount and duration of alimony are generally based upon the needs of the spouse receiving alimony and the ability of the other spouse to pay. Other factors that the court may consider in determining an appropriate award of alimony include the standard of living during the marriage, the duration of the marriage, the age and health of each party, the financial resources of each party, the contribution of each party to the marriage (including homemaking and child care), the separate estate and earning capacity of each party, the time needed for either party to acquire education or training to enable him or her to find employment, and any other relevant factors the court regards as fair and proper to consider. Alimony may be awarded in cash or property, and it may be payable periodically (monthly, quarterly or annually) or in one lump sum.
Georgia law does not provide a standard mathematical formula for determining an appropriate amount or length for alimony payments. Because there is no standard, a judge or jury has significant latitude to determine the amount of an alimony award. Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery attorneys bring extensive experience to bear in pursuing and defending claims for alimony for our clients. Whether you are the spouse receiving or providing the alimony, we will support your claims and offer practical advice.
In 2007, Georgia revised the way that child support is calculated. Shareholder Tina Shadix Roddenbery was one of the three women who drafted the legislation that would become the new child support law. Georgia law now makes both parents responsible for their children’s financial support and considers not only each party’s income and ability to earn income but also the expenses parents pay on behalf of their children including, but not limited to, health insurance, extracurricular activities, educational expenses and child care expenses.
The attorneys at Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery have experience and training on which you can rely to prepare and advocate for the appropriate child support award for your children.