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What is the Fathers Rights movement?

For many years, many men have found the legal system biased towards women in the realm of family law. The fathers’ rights movement is a strong response to this perceived disparity. It is a social movement that advocates for increased rights for fathers in family law, child support, and custody decisions. The fathers’ rights movement was formed primarily because early founders challenged the popular view that maternal custody was always in the best interest of the child(ren). Many fathers felt the legal system was unjust and left them to shoulder hefty alimony and child support payments. Many of the fathers’ rights advocates joined in this movement after their own experiences with their child support or custody cases. Fathers’ rights supporters hope to shed light on what they believe to be a huge bias within family law. A few of the issues central to the Fathers’ rights movement include increased parenting time for fathers, paternity leave, and child support reform.  Here at The Bridges Law firm, we are a strong advocate for fathers knowing the vital importance and impact that a father has in their child(ren) lives.

What do Family Lawyers do?

Family Lawyers handle cases that primarily involve the family unit. Family law attorneys represent clients in adoption, marriage, divorce, and issues surrounding divorces such as child custody, child support, alimony and division of property. Advice from a good attorney can make a huge difference in situations that arise from cases involving the family.

When should I hire a Criminal Attorney?

One should consider hiring a criminal attorney if you or a loved one have been arrested or charged with a crime. A criminal conviction, especially a felony can follow you for the rest of your life, so it is imperative that you seek an attorney as soon as possible. A criminal attorney is someone that can guide you through the very tricky and often challenging legal system.
If you do not have extensive experience in tackling the legal system independently, there are a few reasons why hiring a criminal attorney is in your own best interest;

  • They understand the law better than you. They have invested years keeping abreast of all the changes and modifications in law. They have extensive education and training to protect your rights.
  • They understand the criminal procedure and are well-versed in these areas, saving you lots of time and stress.
  • An experienced attorney can negotiate pleas or obtain reduced sentences for you.
  • They can protect you from malicious prosecution and ensure your rights are protected.
  • A good criminal defense attorney is better equipped to review the evidence, investigate the facts and provide you a sound legal defense.

Fighting a criminal charge can be a grueling and challenging process. An attorney provides personal support and comfort knowing that someone who knows the ins and outs of the legal system is advocating and fighting for you.

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Family Law

Who determines how assets are divided in a divorce?

During divorce in Georgia, separate property is typically retained by its original owner. Marital property, or property acquired during the marriage, is subject to division according to the principle of equitable distribution. This means that the property is divided between the spouses according to what is unbiased, or fair.

How is child support determine in a divorce or child support case?

The child support is calculated by using a worksheet created by the Georgia legislative branch.

What is joint custody?

It is the legal custody of a child or children that is shared by both parents after divorce or separation.

Personal Injury

What is a personal injury?

It is physical injury inflicted to a person’s body, as opposed to damage to property or reputation.

Who will pay my medical bills?

It is widely accepted that the party responsible for the injury, is liable for paying all medical bills.

How do I determine how much my case is worth?

The easy part of this equation is adding up medical bills. Then pain and suffering is taken into account. Pain and suffering is a legal term that refers to a host of injuries that a plaintiff may suffer as a result of an accident. It encompasses not just physical pain, but also emotional and mental injuries such as fear, insomnia, grief, worry, inconvenience and even the loss of the enjoyment of life. Insurance companies calculate “pain and suffering” different ways. This is why an attorney is vital to navigating this process.

Criminal Law

What is an arraignment?

An arraignment is typically the first part of criminal proceedings. It takes place in a courtroom with the defendant and happens in front of a judge or magistrate. The arraignment itself, is a formal reading of the criminal charging documents.

Does a person have to speak with the police after being arrested?

You do not have to answer a police officer’s questions, but you must show your driver’s license, registration, and proof of insurance when stopped while driving a car. We do recommend engaging in a polite and cooperative manner with the police force.

What should I expect from a good criminal defense lawyer?

You should want an attorney who is confident in your case, but does not make guarantees. They should have relevant experience and excellent references.