CASE LAW UPDATE: Sheffield v. Sheffield

Child Custody and Grandparents Rights Can a parent share joint custody of their minor child with the child’s grandparent? The short answer is no. The Georgia Court of Appeals reversed a juvenile court’s order awarding joint legal custody of a child to the child’s mother and to the child’s grandmother. In Georgia, there is a […]

Pets and Divorce

Everyone that knows me knows I’m dog person. I have two lhasa apso dogs who are considered my little four-legged “children.” I treat them like children because I love them. You probably feel the same way if you have dogs. Dogs are our companions. Cats may be a little more aloof, but people still love […]

How to Help Your Children Cope with Divorce: Advice from a Divorce Lawyer

Divorce is never an easy choice to make, especially when there’s children involved. Divorce is tough. It’s tough on adults. It’s also not surprising that the breakup of a marriage can be even tougher on children. As a divorce lawyer, I see a lot of heartache when parents who have children decide to divorce. Often times, that […]

Family Law Advice: Why Parents Need a Will

Do you have children? If you answered yes, then you probably spend countless hours each day caring for them, cleaning their clothes, making sure they are well fed, transporting them to school and other extracurricular activities such as baseball practice or ballet. However, one of the most important things you can do for your children, […]

Can We Agree that I Don’t Have to Pay Child Support?

CAN WE AGREE OUTSIDE OF COURT THAT I DON’T HAVE TO PAY CHILD SUPPORT? The short answer is no. If there is a child support order in place that says you owe child support, any unpaid child support payments accrue or build up over time. You will be responsible for the amount that builds up. Parties cannot […]

The Basics of Child Custody in Georgia

Child custody is a confusing topic for many people. This is often the case because most people don’t fully understand what child custody is and the different types of child custody. Two examples of how people can be confused: Mistakenly believe child custody only refers to one type of custody: physical custody. Many people don’t realize there are two […]

Second Office Location: Macon, Georgia

To better serve her clients and growing law practice in the Macon area, attorney Ashley Mackin Brodie is excited to announce she is opening an office location in Macon, Georgia at the following address: Macon Office Address:  4601 Arkwright Road Macon, GA 31210 The new office at 4601 Arkwright Road, Macon, Georgia 31210 is located right off I-75 and […]

5 Tips When Filing for Divorce

Your mind is made up. You are filing for divorce. Marriage counseling is no longer an option. Filing for divorce is a big step because divorce is never easy. This is especially true when the divorce is contested. A contested divorce means you and your spouse don’t agree to the terms of the divorce. Common […]

LAW CALL RECALL: Annulment vs. Divorce

Last month, attorney Ashley Mackin Brodie was invited to appear as a guest host on the popular Macon, GA television show, Law Call. Airing every Sunday evening at 11:35 p.m. on channel 13WMAZ, Law Call is a live television program where callers call in to have their legal questions answered. Ashley has appeared several times […]

Divorce Mediation

Most divorce cases in Georgia do not go through the lengthy and costly process of a jury trial or a bench trial before a Superior Court judge. In fact, most divorce cases are resolved through agreement of both divorcing spouses either through themselves, their attorneys or through the use of a third-party mediator during the […]