There is no aspect of my life left unchanged in spite of the COVID-19 pandemic. I can’t eat at a restaurant without experiencing hesitancy. I order more delivery food than ever before. Southeastern Conference football started late. The important aspects of my life, limited as I now realize they are, are fundamentally different than they were in February 2020. Family law matters are not immune.
The backlog of cases pending Read more
Social distancing is our new normal, and many companies have announced office closures and work-from-home extending for months. Family togetherness time continues. But with forced closeness comes increased demands. Couples are sharing in more responsibilities with fewer escapes. In this atmosphere, are challenged relationships doomed?
What if you’re realizing that you just don’t particularly know, or like, the person you used to only Read more
As of this week, the U.S. has lost more lives in the span of two months than we did during the entire Vietnam War. Unemployment is also reaching Depression-era levels as businesses around the country that closed in March are slowly trying to open their doors. We have even created a new lexicon that includes terms like “social distancing,” “flattening the curve,” “contact tracing” and “essential workers.”
With these staggering Read more
What’s Next? Three Metro Judges Discuss Court Life Post Quarantine Read more
Hedgepeth Heredia Attorneys Recognized as “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” in Atlanta Magazine’s March Issue Read more
No one marries expecting divorce. No one has children expecting custody issues. A couple doesn’t accumulate wealth together just to divide it later. But, as is often said, “life happens,” and knowing the best approach to difficult situations is key to resolving issues.
When contemplating divorce, there are five things you should understand at the outset.
Documents are King: Divorce litigation is document-intensive, be it text messages, e-mails, Read more
Georgia Trend magazine has named Hedgepeth Heredia Managing Partner Hannibal Heredia to its “Legal Elite” listing, an annual recognition of the best attorneys in the field. Heredia’s inclusion, in the Family Law category, is in the magazine’s December 2019 edition.
Hedgepeth Heredia LLC is an Atlanta-based family law practice. The firm’s partners — Jon Hedgepeth, Hannibal Heredia, and Jessica Fagan — are some of Georgia’s most highly regarded and respected Read more
Are you sitting down? I’m about to tell you something that may shock you: “Amicable Divorce” is not an oxymoron. It is possible and, in fact, relatively easily obtainable when the parties are (1) cooperative, (2) respectful of each other, and (3) committed to an efficient resolution.
This is not to say that divorce is a pleasant experience. It’s not. When you say “I do,” you typically are not contemplating Read more
Michaela Mericle has been named partner at family law firm Hedgepeth Heredia. She practices in all areas of family law and has particular knowledge of high asset divorce and complicated custody cases.
Michaela is a former chairperson of the Family Law Committee for the Young Lawyers Division of the State Bar of Georgia, and has served as a member-at-large for the Executive Committee for the Family Law Section of the Read more
Robert Miller has joined Hedgepeth Heredia as an Associate. Read more
Hedgepeth Heredia’s Jessica Reece Fagan writes today in the Daily Report about “The Big Little Truth About Grandparent Custody.”
The HBO series “Big Little Lies” follows the lives of five mothers in Monterey, California, who (spoiler alert) are brought together after the mysterious death of Perry Wright. In the just-concluded second season, his widow (Celeste, played by Nicole Kidman) faces a custody challenge when Perry’s mother (Mary Louise, Read more
Can Millennials Save Marriage? Millennials Have A Different Take on Marriage, Pre-Nups Read more
Prenuptial Agreements. Postnuptial Agreements. For many, the words alone are scary, but with the right amount of planning and legal advice, the concepts are not.
So, what are these agreements … and what are they not?
- Pre-Nup: A prenuptial agreement is a contract entered into by a couple in anticipation of an upcoming marriage.
- Post-Nup: A postnuptial agreement is a substantially similar contract, but one that is
It happens before you know it, your child has grown up and is off to college. The wonder of “where did the time go?” is compounded when the parents of the new high school graduate are divorced. There are many questions and potential complications when it comes to college, finances and divorce.
It can be overwhelming for clients to include college financing in a divorce settlement. However, writing a college Read more
As parents raise their children, they confer on a huge range of decisions related to their kids’ lives. How do we handle homework? Do they get to watch TV on a school night? How do we make them eat their vegetables?
But there are four issues that top the list:
These four topics encompass key issues. Where will they go to school? Will they be raised Read more
When couples get divorced, the court divides all their assets, including their cash, vacation property, jewelry, and cars. Their expensive artwork and even their country club memberships are all equitably divided by law and process.
There’s one other valuable belonging to be divided that most don’t consider property: your cherished and beloved pets. A few options to consider:
- If one partner brings a pet into the marriage, they would generally
This March, the High Museum of Art will feature a new opportunity to enjoy great food and wine as part of its premier annual fundraiser, the High Museum Atlanta Wine Auction, with the new event, “High on the Hog.” It is chaired by Hedgepeth Heredia partner Jessica Reece Fagan and her husband, attorney Will Fagan. Proceeds from ticket sales will support the High’s Art Access program.
On March 21, the Read more
ATLANTA, February 19, 2019 – Five attorneys with the family law firm of Hedgepeth Heredia LLC were recently recognized by their legal peers for excellence in the March 2019 “Super Lawyers” edition of Atlanta magazine. Founding partners Jon Hedgepeth and Hannibal Heredia were recognized as Super Lawyers and in the “Top 100” attorneys lists. Jessica Reece Fagan, Paul Simon and Michaela Mericle were named as “Rising Stars.”
Atlanta Magazine’s Super Read more
“What the Brangelina Story Means About Keeping Your Settlement Agreement Out of Public View”
Hedgepeth Heredia partner Jon Hedgepeth writes in the Daily Report this week about keeping your divorce settlement agreement out of the public view.
- What does it mean?
- Why would a couple want privacy?
- Can you really keep it private?
- What are the rules?
The guitar at the center of Frances Bean Cobain’s divorce from Isaiah Silva has gone to Silva. In court, Silva claimed Cobain gave him one of her father’s most iconic guitars – the Martin D-18E he used on MTV’s Unplugged in one of his last performances as a wedding gift.
Of course, Cobain maintains she never meant to gift the guitar to her husband.
People magazine: http://tinyurl.com/yawyrrr7
Court documents recently Read more
The new tax bill passed by Congress has all kinds of hidden nuggets buried deep within. One of those nuggets includes changes to the tax code that affects divorce settlements.
The big change that family law attorneys and couples considering divorce should consider: Under the old system, alimony payments were deductible by the payer and counted as income to the recipient. But under the provisions of the new bill, that Read more
The royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle is coming up on May 19, and the marriage of English royalty to an American actress offers a great opportunity to look at the legal aspects of engagements and marital property.
Being engaged is an important rite of passage in our culture. But interestingly, there is no legal status attached to “being engaged.” In the eyes of law, a person passes Read more
Katie Ehrlich has joined family law firm of Hedgepeth Heredia as an Associate. She joins the Atlanta-based firm continuing her focus on family law.
“We’re delighted to have Katie join our team, bringing her skills and relationships to the service of our clients,” said Hannibal Heredia, managing partner at Hedgepeth Heredia.
Ehrlich graduated with honors from the Georgia State University College of Law, where she earned the Georgia Chapter of Read more
Jon Hedgepeth and Hannibal Heredia, the founding partners of Hedgepeth Heredia, partner Jessica Reece Fagan, and attorneys Paul Simon and Michaela Mericle have all recently been recognized by their legal peers for excellence.
Atlanta Magazine’s Super Lawyers
- Founding partners Jon Hedgepeth and Hannibal Heredia were included on Atlanta magazine’s Super Lawyers 2018 list.
- Hannibal Heredia marks his second year on the “Top 100” attorneys listing.
- Partner Jessica Reece Fagan and
When couples get divorced, the court divides all their assets, including their cash, vacation property, jewelry, and cars. Their expensive artwork and even their country club memberships are all equitably divided by law and process. There’s one other valuable belonging to be divided that most don’t consider property: a cherished and beloved pet.
Yes, you read right: Pets are considered property just like earrings and golf clubs. From your purebred Read more