With over sixteen years of experience representing families in the Atlanta Metro area, Ms. Cleveland consistently achieves favorable results for her clients in divorce, custody and post-divorce matters.
Ms. Cleveland understands that whether you are going through a divorce or maybe a contentious custody dispute, the experience can be frustrating and overwhelming. For this reason, she takes a hands-on approach guiding her clients through the entire process and ensuring that they receive the best possible outcome that the law will allow.
Regardless of your family law issue, Ms. Cleveland will be an aggressive advocate for you.
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In a divorce action, the issues of property division, custody, visitation, child support and alimony must be addressed depending on the circumstances of the parties.
Whether you have a simple, uncontested divorce or a high-asset divorce, Ms. Cleveland will draw on her years of experience in the local courts to achieve a successful outcome for you.
Many variables must be considered in a divorce. Ms. Cleveland educates her clients so that they will not only focus on a settlement that will meet their immediate needs but also a settlement that will serve them well into the future.
Gone are the days when courts made custody decisions, more often than not, based on a parent’s gender. Judges now take a more modern approach and award custody solely based on the “best interests of the child." For this reason, it is important that your attorney thoroughly familiarize herself with both Mom and Dad (the good, the bad and the ugly) as well as the individual needs of the parties’ children.
Custody is often awarded by the court on a temporary basis while a case is pending. It is therefore crucial that you have legal representation from the outset as the parent with temporary custody often becomes the permanent custodial parent. Ms. Cleveland has gained full physical custody for numerous clients, often working closely with Guardian Ad Litems, local law enforcement, the Department of Family and Children Services, school representatives and mental health professionals.
The Court may determine custody as part of a divorce action or, in the event that the parties never married, in an action requested by the father (legitimation) or by the mother (paternity).
Ms. Cleveland represents individuals in post judgment matters to include contempt of court as well as modification of custody, visitation, child support and alimony.
Contempt- If a party fails to fully abide by the terms of a court’s Order, he is subject to being found in contempt of court. The contempt can relate to property division, alimony, custody, visitation or child support. More often than not, the party found to be in willful contempt will be ordered to pay reimbursement of attorney’s fees and litigation costs to the Petitioner.
Modifications - A modification of custody, visitation, child support or alimony is a vehicle which allows the court to go back and revisit a decision or an agreement which is no longer proper based on a change in circumstances. Because the filing requirements vary depending on the type of modification sought, it is important that you consult with an attorney prior to the initiation of the action.