Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
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Having an attorney not the same as declaring war

Too many people make the mistake of thinking that having an attorney by your side if you are dealing with a family legal issue means that you are gearing up for an ugly battle. However, this is simply untrue.

The fact is that getting divorced, seeking custody rights, handling matters involving domestic violence and adopting a child are all legal matters that must be taken seriously. Failure to do so can have a devastating impact on you and your family. It is important to understand that while attorneys do provide critical support in the most contentious legal battles, it is not the only reason to have legal representation.

For example, if you are getting divorced and pursuing mediation or collaboration, your attorney can be a valuable resource in helping you understand what the laws say about matters like property division so that you and your ex can work toward a fair -- and lawful -- settlement.

If you want to adopt a child, you will need to understand your legal rights to do so. An attorney can help you protect your rights and prepare you for home visits, explain the process and make sure you have the appropriate paperwork completed so that legal hiccups do not arise down the road.

Furthermore, legal support can be crucial in leveling the playing field. If the other party in your dispute has an attorney or is more familiar with certain laws or procedures, you can find yourself at a distinct disadvantage, whether you are at the negotiating table or in a courtroom.

If you have questions or concerns about the family legal process, your rights or Georgia family laws, we encourage to you to visit our website to learn more about our firm. Consulting an attorney does not mean you are looking for a fight. In fact, knowing your rights and having guidance often allows people to avoid escalations in family legal matters.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
4799 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Building J
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Phone: 770-676-1191
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