Monday, June 30, 2014

Independence Day 2014

Independence Day is one of the most important federal holidays in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence, which declared our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.  Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument.”

“What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in ‘self-evident truths’ and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.”

In the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson describes why the Declaration is necessary:

  • "The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”

  • "He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.”

  • “He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.”

  • “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
Although celebrated on July 4thevery year, “July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence.”

In honor of this important holiday, “The Newton County Judicial Center and the Walton County Government Building will be closed on Friday, July 4,

“All offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of the citizens of Gwinnett County, will be closed on . . . Friday, July 4, 2014.”

The Law Office of Christine M Bechtold, LLC will also be closed on Friday, July 4th in honor of this wonderful holiday, so be sure to email the office to set-up your free initial consultation.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

My Child’s Parent Isn’t Paying The Court Ordered Child Support, What Can I Do?

If a child’s parent was Court ordered to pay child support for the benefit of the minor child and they are not paying that full amount there are a few actions you can take. 

The most important and first action is to communicate with the non-paying parent. You should make sure that the parent is aware of the non-payment. Be sure to inform the parent of the exact past due child support amount and where to send payment. It may also be helpful to include a copy of the Court Order with your written communication.  Sometimes communication is all that is needed to encourage an agreement to fulfill the Court Ordered child support.

“If you live in Georgia, have legal custody of a child, and need help receiving child support payments, you may apply” for assistance through the Division of Child Support Services. Part of this program’s mission is, “To enhance the well-being of children by assuring that assistance in obtaining support, including financial and medical, is available to children through locating parents, establishing paternity, establishing support obligations, and monitoring, enforcing and reviewing support obligations.” Division of Child Support Services . This program will walk you through the process without the need for an attorney. This process can be helpful for some but it can be a very lengthy process.

Finally, you can retain an attorney to work through the Court to enforce the child support Order. This process starts with communication and possibly a contempt of Court charge against the non-paying parent. This approach will lead to a definitive answer from the Court.

Cases require some or all of these steps to enforce a child support Order. Contact the Office of Christine M Bechtold, LLC to schedule your free initial consultation to discuss the best option for your child. 770-466-2700

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Why Would I Want an Uncontested Divorce?

“It is quicker and cheaper to file for an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is when both spouses agree to most, if not all, of the division of assets, finances, and child custody and visitation of minor children. This type of divorce decreases the Court requirements and legal fees dramatically!”

In many cases, it is helpful to start with the uncontested process to see if an agreement can be reached. The benefits of an uncontested divorce is that it is quicker, cheaper, and more efficient. The down side of an uncontested divorce, for some, is that, “no blame is assigned to you or your spouse.”

The Law Office of Christine M Bechtold, LLC offers uncontested divorce services at a flat fee. Call the office today for your free initial consultation. 770.466.2700