Rob welcomes the opportunity to serve his clients in the emotional and legal challenges that emanate or are often associated with family law. Divorce, custody, and other related issues of child support, alimony, paternity and related matrimonial issues can be overwhelming and with his experience in handling these cases for over 40 years brings special attention to treat each case with an understanding that will be unique to that case. Through the years of appearing on family law, trial advocacy and professionalism panels through the State Bar and Atlanta Bar Continuing Legal Education Seminars, along with over 20 years of teaching trial advocacy at Emory Law School, Rob brings a breadth of knowledge and experience to assist his clients in any litigation matter which could arise. At the same time, because of his vast courtroom time, Rob has the ability to size up and appreciate the parameters of what could happen in a given case, allowing him to better advise a client on the best solution considering settlement. Rob enjoys a reputation as an Atlanta family law attorney who undertakes the complex issues with a compassionate understanding while still maintaining his zealous advocacy for his clients, empathizing with his clients to achieve the best results for his clients whether through settlement, mediation or trial.Insight, Experience and Service
In serving on several board of directors of various professional organizations, including the Atlanta Foundation for Psychoanalysis, and the executive committee of Weltner Family Law Inn of Court, as well as work as a Stephen Minister allow him to gain insight of the particular issues and problems a client confronts on going through the many emotional and heart rendering complex issues associated with family law.
Rob’s continual activities to serve the profession allow him to engage his fellow lawyers in a collegial manner to be a better advocate for clients in understanding the true nature of a case and what is necessary to efficiently and properly resolve a case without the unnecessary rancor and gamesmanship too often displayed in family law matters. Because he engages each client in a friendly and collaborative manner, Rob can best exhibit a professional altitude which the client can appreciate and work well with him, and can achieve a result for the client that is realistic and appropriate for the client. Rob has the ability for not only performing extraordinary work on behalf of his clients but in advocating for his clients in a professional manner with his adversaries as well as in court, as attested to by the State Bar’s presentation of the Chief Justice Thomas D. Marshall Professionalism Award in 2012.Fees and Expenses
During his year as the Atlanta Bar President, when many citizens sought his advice on hiring an attorney, Rob concluded that the difficulty in obtaining appropriate counsel for an individual client was so overwhelming that he decided that he would not charge a consultation fee for a client looking to hire a family lawyer, but only if the client did hire him would he charge his hourly rate for his time. As with almost all Atlanta family law lawyers, Rob charges an initial retainer to begin his employment, and bills against the retainer on a monthly basis. If the retainer is not fully exhausted at the end of the matter, he will refund the balance. If it does get fully expended, Rob will then bill on a monthly basis or charge a second retainer if a large expenditure of time is anticipated very soon. In addition, all expenses, such as filing fees, costs, court reporting time, expert witnesses fees and the like are the responsibility of the client.
There are 13 grounds for divorce in Georgia, ranging from cruel treatment, desertion, and adultery to the most common ground, irretrievably broken marriage, the “no-fault” divorce.
As a general rule, the parties share in these decisions-making processes, but ultimately one parent, or even a third party such as a doctor or counselor, must have final authority.
A spouse may be entitled to an award of support when she/he earns substantially less than the other spouse and demonstrates a need for that support.
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Rob has been practicing law since 1974, with an emphasis on litigation, and concentrating on family law. He is recognized as a creative problem-solver, whether in settling issues or trying cases. He has a lifelong commitment to service.