What Does a Family Law Attorney Do?

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You’ve heard the term “family law attorney” before, but do you know what family law is and how an attorney who specializes in it could help you?

In today’s post, we’re going to explain what family law is and how a family law attorney could help your family. We’ll also explain how the attorneys at Fairell Roy & Associates make a difference in the Atlanta community by providing dedicated family law services. Please contact our office if you have any questions about how we can help you or your family.

What Is Family Law?

As you can gather from the name, family law is an important legal field that handles all of the legal matters that can arise within a family or between individuals. Adoption, divorce, child custody, child support, paternity, and domestic violence are all common aspects of family law.

At Fairell Roy & Associates, we focus on three main areas of family law:


Divorcing your spouse can be a trying and exhausting experience, especially if you aren’t sure where to begin or what your rights are. Some divorce cases involve complex assets such as homes, retirement plans, vehicles, and children; others are more straightforward and can be resolved in a relatively short amount of time.

Regardless of your situation, having a family law attorney in your corner as you make your way through the divorce process can be invaluable. If you work with a family law attorney as you divorce, they will be able to answer questions, provide guidance, and help you work toward a settlement that protects your interests. If a reasonable settlement cannot be agreed upon, your attorney will prepare your case to trial and make your case before a judge.

Child Custody

Divorces involving children will almost always require the help of a family law attorney. One parent may feel that they deserve sole custody of the child, while the other would prefer to share custody and draft a parenting plan that both parties follow. This can leave the child caught in the middle of a stressful situation that has to be resolved by an objective third party who focuses on the child’s best interests.

At Fairell Roy & Associates, we help our clients understand the Georgia legal system as we help them develop plans intended to meet state guidelines and provide the best possible outcome for the child. We do not discriminate between working with mothers and fathers; our primary goal is to ensure that we provide dedicated representation and help our clients do what’s best for their family.

Child Support

In Georgia, both parents are legally responsible to provide financial support for their children. The non-custodial parent (the one who does not obtain custody) is required to make monthly or bi-monthly payments to help the custodial parent cover the costs of raising a child.

Family law attorneys can help both parties. In the case of non-custodial parents, an attorney can get involved if the non-custodial parent is not fulfilling their financial obligations. They can also advocate for child support adjustments if one parent moves to another state, loses their job, receives a raise, or in any other circumstances that could justify a change in the agreement.

The Fairell Roy & Associates Difference

At Fairell Roy & Associates, we strive to provide our clients with the best possible experience from start to finish. We understand that many of our clients come to us during a difficult time — or perhaps the most difficult time — in their lives, and we do everything in our power to provide compassion, empathy, and exceptional care throughout every step of the process.

While some attorneys will only call you when it’s convenient for them, we take pride in our commitment to client communication and will always be there to answer any questions you have about your case. We keep you as informed as possible, including when it comes to your finances. We provide all of our clients with a monthly invoice detailing what we’ve done for you and how your money has been spent.

No matter what you’re going through, know that the family law attorneys at Fairell Roy & Associates in Atlanta are standing by to help. Reach out to our office by phone or through our online contact form to schedule a virtual consultation.

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