Untying the Knots | Episode 5 | Co-Parenting

Untying the Knots | Episode 5 | Co-Parenting Dawn Smith and Kristen Files, partners at Atlanta-based family law firm Smith & Files, host “Untying the Knots.” Season 1 offers practical advice and resources to families navigating crisis and covers such themes as co-parenting, intimate partner violence, myths about marriage and divorce, support systems, and financial…

Untying the Knots | Episode 4 | Good Support Systems

Untying the Knots | Episode 4 | Good Support Systems Dawn Smith and Kristen Files, partners at Atlanta-based family law firm Smith & Files, host “Untying the Knots.” Season 1 offers practical advice and resources to families navigating crisis and covers such themes as co-parenting, intimate partner violence, myths about marriage and divorce, support systems,…

Untying the Knots | Episode 3 | Rules of Disengagement

Untying the Knots | Episode 3 | Rules of Disengagement Dawn Smith and Kristen Files, partners at Atlanta-based family law firm Smith & Files, host “Untying the Knots.” Season 1 offers practical advice and resources to families navigating crisis and covers such themes as co-parenting, intimate partner violence, myths about marriage and divorce, support systems,…

Untying the Knots | Episode 2 | Myths About Family

Untying the Knots | Episode 2 | Myths About Family Dawn Smith and Kristen Files, partners at Atlanta-based family law firm Smith & Files, host “Untying the Knots.” Season 1 offers practical advice and resources to families navigating crisis and covers such themes as co-parenting, intimate partner violence, myths about marriage and divorce, support systems,…

Untying the Knots | Episode 1 | Family Redefined

Untying the Knots | Episode 1 | Family Redefined Dawn Smith and Kristen Files, partners at Atlanta-based family law firm Smith & Files, host “Untying the Knots.” Season 1 offers practical advice and resources to families navigating crisis and covers such themes as co-parenting, intimate partner violence, myths about marriage and divorce, support systems, and…

Child Support – How is it Calculated and What If I’m Out of Work Due to the Pandemic?

Child Support – How is it Calculated and What If I’m Out of Work Due to the Pandemic? The process of establishing or modifying child support can be frustrating and scary without the help of an attorney. Many parents receiving support become confused as to how child support is calculated, enforced and whether or not…

Help! I’m stuck Sheltering-in-Place with my Spouse; but this Marriage is Over!

5 tips you can do NOW to prepare for your divorce.  Prepare your “Marriage Story”: When you hire an attorney to represent you in your divorce, your attorney needs to have a good grasp of the issues within your marriage and how those issues arose.  With this background, your attorney can fiercely advocate your case…

COVID-19 and Domestic Violence

During this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis, families are required to spend all or most of their time at home.  According to the New York Times, society has unfortunately already seen a vast increase in domestic violence with these social distancing measures. Abusers have always used tactics like isolation to wield power and control, and isolation is…

Co-Parenting and the Unique Circumstances Presented by COVID-19

As we all navigate the path of living our lives amid a pandemic, those of us who are separated, divorced, or otherwise co-parenting with another parent find ourselves in uncharted territory.   It is rare that a Parenting Plan anticipates unscheduled school breaks, digital learning, suspension of activities, and quarantines.  The first step in the…

All Things Family Law

Smith & Files is proud to announce the creation of “All Things Family Law” a recurring legal blog. ATFL will provide timely information on a variety of topics including divorce, child custody & access, child support, same sex relationships, legitimation/paternity, maintenance/alimony, adoptions, pre- & post-nuptial agreements, mediation/arbitration, guardian ad litem, and special education law.  With…