Randy Kessler

About Randy Kessler

In 1991, Randall M. Kessler founded the law firm now known as Kessler & Solomiany, LLC, a 30 person family law firm in Atlanta. He is the author of many family law books including Divorce: Protect Yourself, Your Kids and Your Future, The GA Library of Family Law Forms, and How to Mediate a Divorce. He is an adjunct professor of Family Law Litigation at Emory Law School. Mr. Kessler has served as the Chair of the Family Law Sections of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia and the Atlanta Bar Association. https://www.ksfamilylaw.com/attorneys/randall-m-kessler/

Same Sex Marriage and Divorce

By |2020-08-10T21:58:52+00:00May 28th, 2020|Legal Issues|

People in same-sex relationships long looked forward to the day their marriages were treated like marriages. Finally, in 2015, the United States Supreme Court held that the right to marry is an essential part of a person's liberty. They ruled that States must recognize same-sex marriages performed in other states.    Various people and religious organizations refuse to recognize same-sex marriage. Both local and federal governments, however, must now treat such marriages as valid. This will result in greater certainty [...]

Vengeful Spending

By |2020-06-12T00:01:59+00:00May 27th, 2020|Legal Issues|

When emotions are riding high, individuals might engage in behavior that they wouldn't have previously imagined possible. One of the people in a divorce may be fixated on making sure their spouse "never sees a dime."   So, what happens if one spouse is spending a lot of money before the divorce being final?    Although marital fault is becoming less of a factor for many judges, the concept of economic fault remains essential when it comes time to divide [...]

Grounds for Divorce

By |2020-06-12T00:08:14+00:00May 26th, 2020|Legal Issues|

If you are seeking a divorce, the thoughts that loom largest are your reasons for ending your marriage. Depending on what shows you’ve watched, you may be expecting to state and prove each of these reasons. The truth is, however, you probably won’t have to do that.   In most states, the court only needs to determine that the marriage is over to grant the divorce.   However, you can raise these issues to show the court why it is [...]

How Will Infidelity Impact Your Divorce Settlement?

By |2020-06-12T00:09:10+00:00May 26th, 2020|Legal Issues|

Discovering that your spouse has been cheating can be a shocking revelation. If you've been cheated on, you might hope that a judge will set this injustice right. If you've been caught cheating, you may be wondering how it will impact your final divorce settlement. Here's what you need to know.  How Judges View Adultery  Remember, the judges handling divorce cases have heard countless stories about adultery. For better or worse, many judges have become desensitized to most of this—and [...]

Will Seeking Therapy Hurt My Chances of Keeping My Children?

By |2020-06-11T22:33:58+00:00May 26th, 2020|Divorce Process|

Divorce is hard, and counseling can be a valuable tool for emotional and psychological wellness throughout the process. However, many parents worry that seeking the help of a counselor or therapist might hurt their chances of gaining custody.   The short answer is that no, seeking therapy or counseling will not harm your chances of winning custody.   Judges usually prefer that if someone is having a hard time with the process that they seek help on their own, without [...]

The Best Divorce Advice: Avoid Trial

By |2021-09-03T14:26:26+00:00May 26th, 2020|Divorce Process|

The best way to get divorced is as cheaply, painlessly, and as quickly as possible. Most people agree on this point. However, when the spouses seeking a divorce don't see eye-to-eye about what's fair, it can be tempting see trial as a way to settle your differences. The judge may not be the understanding person you imagined. They usually take a realist approach to divorce and are therefore more inclined to say, "Your marriage is over. Neither of you will [...]

The Best Way To Decide On Whether Or Not To Divorce

By |2021-09-03T14:23:01+00:00May 21st, 2020|Dealing With Divorce, featured|

Why do most people get divorced?" Sometimes one spouse is indeed a bad person, but more often, it is a variation of 'the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.' People seeking a divorce have often tried many different things to fix their marriage or find fulfillment within it. Their last resort is usually divorce. They seek a divorce because they genuinely believe that things cannot be worse after a divorce than they were before. While this [...]

Should I Wait Until The Kids Are Older?

By |2020-08-25T21:52:37+00:00May 21st, 2020|Dealing With Divorce, featured|

Most mental health experts agree that children whose parents divorce while they are young seem to adapt to the divorce much better. After all, their “normal” is growing up with parents who live apart.    Compare that to a child who grows up in an intact household, only to learn one day that the home environment they have known their whole life is about to change.   A judge once chastised a father for moving another woman into the marital home after [...]

Six Best Ways To Enjoy Your First Father’s Day As A Single Dad

By |2020-06-03T17:02:33+00:00May 21st, 2020|Dealing With Divorce|

I have seen my share of post-divorce problems and litigation. I believe these tips to be useful for children of divorce and for helping reduce litigation. Although some situations are unfortunately going to remain hostile, I hope these six tips will put you on the right path. Do not ignore your children's mother. Pretending that mom doesn't exist, even if only for the day, might be easy for you and help avoid awkward discussions, but it's not reality -– even [...]

Why do we divorce?

By |2020-06-03T17:02:33+00:00May 21st, 2020|Dealing With Divorce|

Everyone who has been through a divorce has a story about why it happened. Why does divorce happen, though?   In some cases, someone in the relationship is physically or otherwise abusive or just a bad person. Most of the time, however, divorces are the result of one side or both thinking that “the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.”   Certainly, we don’t divorce to get rich. Most often, the assets are divided in some [...]

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