With over 35 years of experience litigating, prosecuting, and mediating civil and criminal cases, Lydia J. Sartain has made it her life’s work to help her clients reach positive resolutions. Lydia practices with the firm belief that divorce does not have to be an inherently painful experience. She works diligently to understand her clients’ needs and to guide them through the legal process with respect, dignity, and compassion. With her extensive network of the state’s top professionals, Lydia provides added value to her clients as a liaison to counselors, doctors, accountants and more.
Divorce is the most common family law matter we encounter. We help our clients understand their options and show them that this process doesn’t have to be painful or prohibitively expensive.
Mediation is one way of resolving your case amicably and without the unpredictability and cost of going to court. Lydia is an expert mediator, so whether she’s mediating your case with your attorney or representing you, your case is in good hands.
Child custody matters encompass legal and physical custody. Legal custody involves each parent’s right to make major decisions regarding a child’s welfare. Physical custody involves how much time a child will spend with each parent. We work closely with you and your family to determine what is in your child’s best interest.
In Georgia, child support is calculated by taking into account a child’s needs and a party’s ability to pay. Though it sounds straightforward, the process becomes more complex when you factor in insurance, child care, education, and so forth. We work to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your family.
Modification of child support or parenting plans often occurs as children age. It’s important to have excellent representation by your side in cases where either you or your ex-spouse are in contempt of an agreement, whether willfully or due to circumstances beyond your control.
A Temporary Protective Order (TPO) is what most people refer to as a restraining order. A TPO is a formal court order that may be granted to a person to protect them, and their children, from the real or perceived threat of physical violence, harassment or other harm.
Alimony, or spousal support, may be awarded based either on an agreement between the couple or a decision by the court itself. This is separate from the division of marital property and is decided on a case-by-case basis.
Georgia divorce laws give both spouses an equitable interest in all property acquired during the couple’s marriage. The general rule is that all property acquired during the course of the marriage, regardless of title, is marital property and subject to equitable division.
A prenuptial agreement is signed before two people are married and a postnuptial agreement is signed after. They often address factors like spousal support, asset division, and retirement benefits. If you have questions about either, it’s crucial to discuss them with an attorney who can explain your rights and your options.
Lydia J. Sartain is a certified mediator in Hall County and excels in leading mediation-focused resolutions. Many lawyers in Hall County choose Lydia to mediate their cases because of her reputation as the best mediator in Gainesville, Georgia and surrounding areas. If you are an attorney seeking a mediator, LJS is here to help. Our office is the perfect, neutral location for all parties to meet and determine a settlement for any legal matter.