Accomplished Atlanta Family Law Firm Assists Divorcing Spouses
Knowledgeable, ethical counsel to help you move past a breakup
Rumsey & Ramsey provides skilled legal counsel for a wide range of family law issues. We understand that divorce is more than a legal dispute — it is a highly personal source of stress and frustration that affects entire families. Since 1988, Penny Rumsey has sought favorable results for clients in matters such as child custody, child support, property and debt division, alimony, and adoption. In such cases, it’s important to be represented by an attorney who is both a problem solver and someone committed to protecting your rights and easing your burden. Ms. Rumsey is AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell® in recognition of her legal ability and ethics by attorneys familiar with her work. She is a counselor you can trust to help you overcome your legal challenges and move on with your life.
Representing parents in child custody and visitation matters
Attorney Penny Rumsey is committed to helping her clients maintain strong relationships with their children. When parents cannot agree on child custody and visitation terms, she represents parents in court to advocate for their child’s best interests. The court takes numerous factors into consideration when determining custody:
- Health and safety — Any threat to the child’s well-being in one parent’s home will strongly discourage judges from awarding physical custody to them. Even if the concern is not directly attributable to the parent, such as a home in a bad neighborhood, it is a valid factor in the best-interests analysis.
- Limiting disruption — Divorce is turbulent enough for children, so judges are inclined to grant physical custody to the parent who primarily handles the daily child-rearing tasks. Keeping children in the same home and school can also be an important consideration.
- Older child’s preference — As long as a judge agrees that it is in their best interest, a child aged 14 or older can choose which parent to live with. The preference of a child as young as 11 is also considered by the court, but not accorded as much weight.
As part of the custody arrangement, a divorcing couple must agree to a parenting plan. This plan specifies when visitation will occur with the noncustodial parent and how important decisions will be handled.
Advocating for fair distribution of financial accounts and property
Rumsey & Ramsey helps divorcing spouses divide their marital property equitably. If the parties can’t reach a compromise, Georgia courts follow the principle of equitable distribution, where judges review the relevant circumstances to arrive at a fair, though not necessarily equal, result. Most assets acquired during the marriage are included in the division, though items such as individual inheritances can be excluded. Factors for adjudicating fairness include the length of the union, each party’s needs, age and earning ability.
Comprehensive legal support for contested and uncontested divorces
Sometimes, married couples are able to reach an agreement as to how their assets and debts are to be divided, which spouse will have primary custody of their minor children, and how much child support and alimony, if any, will be paid. When this occurs, an uncontested divorce can save considerable time and expense. Even in these cases, an experienced Georgia family law attorney is usually necessary to properly draft and present the necessary documents to the court for a final decree. Rumsey & Ramsey can help ensure that the process is completed smoothly or litigate for you if the negotiations break down.
Contact a dedicated Atlanta family law attorney if you’re considering divorce
If you face the prospect of divorce, call Rumsey & Ramsey at 770-394-9400 or contact us online to schedule a meeting at our Atlanta office.