Suggested Interview Questions

Note: An attorney who does not specialize in divorce is able to take your case. If so, some of the following questions may be more important.

  • Do you specialize in divorces, or are divorces just a part of your practice?
  • Have you litigated divorce cases? If so, how many?
  • Have you mediated or settled divorce cases?
  • Is our communication privileged?
  • How quickly do you respond to phone calls, e-mails, etc.? How is communication billed?
  • Do you have experience with domestic violence, abuse (including but not limited: upscale, emotional, physical and sexual), alcoholism, division of privately owned business, proof of income for self-employed, sexual addiction, gay/custody issues, lesbian issues, (or whatever your particular concern may be)?
  • Are you personally handling my case or will an associate or paralegal be working with me?
  • Are you familiar with the judges in my county of litigation?
  • Do you have experience in that my particular case will require?
  • What is your policy for keeping me informed of the status of my case?
  • What is your preferred method of setting disputes? Litigation, Mediation, Collaboration, Other (example)
  • How will you charge me? What is your hourly rate? Do you charge for the time I spend with other lawyers, with paralegals, and/or with secretaries? If so, at what rate? Do you charge for faxes, copies, and long-distance telephone calls? How much?
  • Do you require a retainer, or do you allow payments as services are rendered? If I can’t get to the marital money, what are my payment options? Is your retainer refundable?
  • Are there tasks that I can do myself to cut down on the amount you will charge me?
  • If I decide at any point I’d like to take control and negotiate directly with my spouse or with my spouse’s lawyer to save money, will you let me do that, using you as a coach? Or will you insist that all communications flow through you? How do you feel about unbundling of legal services in divorce?

The Law Offices of Sarah Siedentopf, LLC

Sarah Siedentopf

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Sarah Siedentopf
3355 Lenox Road, Suite 750
Atlanta, GA 30326
Telephone: 404.736.6066
Fax: 404-816-7855
sarah@atlantalegalremedy.com
www.atlantalegalremedy.com

Specialty: I serve clients who are dealing with debt problems and estate problems. My bankruptcy practice is centered around individuals and families. Life pre or post-divorce can be very stressful due to bills which have piled up and creditors who are calling. I advise clients on how to work through these issues and if bankruptcy is a good option, I walk the client through the bankruptcy issues.

My will & estate practice focuses on both the drafting of new wills, which are both necessary and sometimes complicated when divorce is involved, and the probate issues that arise when things are not done properly and the testator’s true intentions are not reflected by the will that is probated.

I also practice Elder Law and can help adult children figure out the best care for their parents and how to afford that care. This area focuses heavily on Medicaid eligibility and can be a great relief for those who need to work and are trying to juggle taking care of both their parents and their children.

Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, LLP

Stephen C. Steele


Moore Ingram Johnson & Steele, LLP
Emerson Overlook
326 Roswell Street
Marietta, GA 30060
County: Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee, Paulding, Bartow, Gordon, Fayette, Floyd
Telephone: 770-795-5053
Fax: 770-429-8631
SCS@mijs.com
www.mijs.com

Specialty: Trial and non-collaborative representation in divorce and domestic relations: Property, support, custody.

Deborah M. Lubin, P.C.

Deborah Lubin

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Deborah M. Lubin, P.C.
31 Lenox Pointe, NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
Telephone: 404-816-7776
Fax: 404-816-7855
Deblubin@Lubinfamilylaw.com
www.Lubinfamilylaw.com

Specialty: AV-rated; Past chairperson of Family Law Section,
Atlanta Bar; 20 years experience specializing in Family Law (including divorce, support, custody, contempt, and paternity/legitimization); certified Collaborative Law practitioner. We give a personal touch to Family Law matters ñ our top priority is helping to minimize your stress and help you get a fresh start.

Justin Wyatt & Associates

Justin Wyatt


Justin Wyatt & Associates
367 Atlanta Street, SE
Marietta, GA 30060
Phone: 770-422-2221
Fax: 770-218-5525
attywyatt@aol.com
www.jwyattlaw.com

Specialty: Our law firm has provided aggressive, creative and experienced legal representation of clients in family law for almost 20 years. We have dedicated staff of paralegal, associate attorney and interns who will work side by side with our clients to achieve their goals. We understand the impact of these cases on all family members.

Ellis Funk, PC

Alyson Lembeck

Alyson Lembeck
Ellis Funk, PC
One Securities Center
3490 Piedmont Rd
Suite 400
Atlanta, Ga 30305
Counties Served: Georgia & state wide
Telephone is 404-233-2800
ALembeck@ellisfunk.com
www.ellisfunk.com

Specialty: Being a mother, Alyson is sympathetic to circumstances that devastate a family, when domestic matters are at issue. She provides honest advice to equip clients navigating through the divorce process. She strongly advocates for her clients to achieve successful results.

Daniele Johnson & Associates, A Family Law Practice

danielejohnsonDaniele Johnson, Esq. Daniele Johnson & Associates, A Family Law Practice 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1900 Atlanta, GA 30339 Counties Served: All of Metro-Atlanta, including, but not limited to: Cobb, Fulton, Fayette, Cherokee, Paulding, Clayton, Gwinnett, Douglas, Dekalb and Forsyth Phone: 770-984-5311 Fax: 770-456-5982 djohnson@djfamilylaw.com www.djfamilylaw.com Specialty: When you are going through a divorce, the process you take to end your marriage is as important as the final resolution. This process begins with choosing the right lawyer for you. Our attorneys will take the time to address your unique issues, develop a plan to meet your familyís needs and will be zealous advocates for you during your divorce.

Levine & Smith, LLC

John P. Wilson, III

John P. Wilson, III
Levine & Smith, LLC
3490 Piedmont Rd., N.E.,
Suite 1150
101 Marietta Street
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
Counties: Fulton County, Cobb County, Dekalb County and Gwinnett County
Telephone: 404-237-5700
Fax: 404-237-5757
jwilson@levinesmithlaw.com
www.levinesmithlaw.com

Specialty: Having handled thousands of divorce cases over 33 years of practicing family law, I have found that 95% of my clients want 3 things: 1) the best possible result; 2) in the shortest amount of time; 3) at the least possible expense. I have tried hundreds of cases when it was necessary. Our exclusively family law firm has 9 attorneys and 3 paralegals.

Fryer, Shuster & Lester, P.C.

William R. Lester

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Fryer, Shuster & Lester, P.C.
Telephone: 770-668-9300
1050 Crown Pointe Pkwy,
Suite 410,
Atlanta, GA 30338
wlester@galegal.com
http://www.ga-familylaw.com

Specialty: Victims of family violence, abuse and intimidation are vulnerable, and the most in need of strong legal representation. Assisting family violence victims in escaping abusive cycles, as well as handling complex divorce cases involving custody, property division, and debt allocation are areas of my concentration.

Stern and Edlin, PC

Gary Graham

Stern and Edlin, PC
225 West Wieuca Road, NE
Atlanta, GA 30342
Counties Served: Metro Atlanta
Phone: 404-256-0010
Fax: 404-851-9081
ggraham@stern-edlin.com
www.stern-edlin.com

Specialty: I handle all aspects of divorce and post-divorce cases with a concentration on complex financial and custody issues. I not only understand the law, I have the tenacity to see cases through to the end, whether it be a negotiated settlement or trial.

Stout & Hendrick, LLC

Jordan Hendrick
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4151 Ashford-Dunwoody Rd
Suite 512
Atlanta, GA 30319
Counties Served: Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee, Dekalb, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Paulding
Phone: 404-843-1956
Fax: 404-843-2737
jhendrick@stout-hendrick.com
www.stoutatwood.com

Specialty: My practice is focused 100% on family law, including divorce, child custody, modification and other post divorce issues. I am committed to working with my clients to find practical, creative and cost-effective solutions to resolve difficult problems by amicable settlement if possible and by litigation if necessary.

Bivek Brubaker & Prescott, LLC

Damon Bivek, Esq.

Damon Bivek
Bivek Brubaker & Prescott, LLC
707 Whitlock Ave., SW
Marietta, GA 30064
Counties served: Cobb, Fulton, Cherokee, Paulding, Dekalb, Gwinnett
Telephone:404-889-8320
Fax: 770-428-8899
info@bbplawfirm.com
www.bbplawfirm.com

Specialty: Bivek, Brubaker & Prescott is a full service family law firm helping clients through divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, and legitimation proceedings. We offer complimentary 30 minute consultations if you mention Visions Anew Institute.

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor

Mary Stearns-Montgomery

Mary Stearns-Montgomery
Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
Telephone: 770-426-1148
Fax: 770-426-1809
291 Alexander Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Counties Served: Metro Atlanta
http://www.stearns-law.com 

Specialty: Mary Stearns-Montgomery has been a practicing family law as a divorce attorney for more than 20 years. Clients find her to be assertive and determined as she vigorously fights for their rights and goals in the court room, but she remains compassionate and practical in dealing directly with her clients.”

Jennifer ‘Jenni’ Farmer

Jennifer Farmer
Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
Telephone: 770-426-1148
Fax: 770-426-1809
291 Alexander Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Counties Served: Metro Atlanta
farmer@stearns-law.com 
http://www.stearns-law.com 

Specialty: Jenniís clients highlight her extensive knowledge and her ability to relate to their unique personal situations. She believes in constant communications, quick feedback, and full availability even after other attorneys have called it a day. Jenni is a natural leader, gently guiding clients through this emotional process.”

Michaela Hankinson

Michaela Hankinson
Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
Telephone: 770-426-1148
Fax: 770-426-1809
291 Alexander Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Counties Served: Metro Atlanta
http://www.stearns-law.com 

Specialty: Michaela is a problem solver, taking a proactive approach to overcoming obstacles and resolving issues in support of her clientsí goals. She understands that mediation and settlement are in the best interests of the parents and children, but will aggressively pursue all options when needed.”

Doug J. Hassinger

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
Telephone: 770-426-1148
Fax: 770-426-1809
291 Alexander Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Counties Served: Metro Atlanta
hassinger@stearns-law.com 
http://www.stearns-law.com 

Specialty: Mr. Hassinger has practiced family law for 15 years. His knowledge of the law combined with his compassion for his client, makes him a zealous and effective negotiator and litigator.”

Christopher F. Hobson

Christopher Hobson
Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
Telephone: 770-426-1148
Fax: 770-426-1809
291 Alexander Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Counties Served: Metro Atlanta
hobson@stearns-law.com 
http://www.stearns-law.com 

Specialty: After practicing commercial litigation, Christopher missed that human connection and decided to focus on Family Law. He wanted to help people and have an impact on their lives.”

Katherine Knudsen

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
Telephone: 770-426-1148
Fax: 770-426-1809
291 Alexander Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Counties Served: Metro Atlanta
http://www.stearns-law.com 

Specialty: Kate is an excellent communicator with exceptional attention to detail. She enjoys working in family law and helping her clients achieve their legal goals.”

Ryan Proctor

Ryan Proctor
Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
Telephone: 770-426-1148
Fax: 770-426-1809
291 Alexander Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Counties Served: Metro Atlanta
http://www.stearns-law.com 

Specialty: Ryan has been a family law attorney for 9 years. He is very passionate yet an aggressive attorney for his clients. Clients have praised Ryan for always having their best interests in mind, his attention to detail, and strategically focusing on the case, and being one step ahead of the opposing attorney.”

Randy Sabatini

Randy Sabatini
Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor
Telephone: 770-426-1148
Fax: 770-426-1809
291 Alexander Street
Marietta, GA 30060
Counties Served: Metro Atlanta
http://www.stearns-law.com 

Specialty: Randyís clients find him first and foremost to be a good listener. He helps them feel comfortable, find a common point of reference, and then set a process to achieve their goals. Through this emotional time, he remains clam and unflappable, representing his clientsí best interests through productive discussion rather than conflict.”

Trial Synergy

jeri Kagel

Trial Synergy
Telephone: 404-371-4104
One Decatur TownCenter, 150 Ponce De Leon Ave,
Decatur, GA 30030
jeri@trialsynergy.com
http://www.trialsynergy.com

Specialty: Jeri’s background in law & psychology make her uniquely able to help people learn the tools & techniques necessary to go through a divorce with confidence and skill. She is known for her ability to transform frightened or arrogant clients into witnesses jurors trust, design narratives that make sense and build the teamwork necessary for success.

Steinfeld & Steinfeld PC

Bruce R. Steinfeld

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Steinfeld & Steinfeld PC
Telephone: 404-495-0740
Fax: 404-636-5486
Counties Served: All North Georgia and Middle Georgia US Bankruptcy Court
31 Lenox Pointe, NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
bruce@steinfeldlaw.com
http://www.steinfeldlaw.com 

Specialty: With over 25 years of legal experience, Bruce practices exclusively in the area of Family Law as an attorney, mediator and Guardian ad Litem. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and has been named one of the “Top 100 Attorneys in Georgia” by Atlanta Magazine.

Shayna M. Steinfeld

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Steinfeld & Steinfeld PC
Telephone: 404-636-7786
Fax: 404-636-5486
Counties Served: All North Georgia and Middle Georgia US Bankruptcy Court
31 Lenox Pointe, NE
Atlanta, GA 30324
shayna@steinfeldlaw.com
http://www.steinfeldlaw.com 

Specialty: Represent Debtors and Creditors in bankruptcy cases

Shewmaker & Shewmaker

Patricia D Shewmaker

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Shewmaker & Shewmaker
Counties Served: DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Clayton, Rockdale, Walton, Cobb, Spalding, Paulding, Douglas, Fayette, Cherokee, Forsyth
Telephone: 770-939-1939
Fax: 770-939-0583
Email: sshewmaker@shewmakerlaw.com
Address:
2845 Henderson Mill Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
http://www.shewmakerlaw.com 

Specialty: The attorneys at Shewmaker & Shewmaker specialize in the full spectrum of divorce and family-related matters. We understand that life presents few challenges as emotional and demanding as divorce, legitimation, child custody and marital asset division. We work closely with our clients to counsel them and achieve their best possible result.

Steven P. Shewmaker

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Counties Served: DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Clayton, Rockdale, Walton, Cobb, Spalding, Paulding, Douglas, Fayette, Cherokee, Forsyth
Telephone: 770-939-1939
Fax: 770-939-0583
Email: sshewmaker@shewmakerlaw.com
Address:
2845 Henderson Mill Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
http://www.shewmakerlaw.com 

Specialty: The attorneys at Shewmaker & Shewmaker specialize in the full spectrum of divorce and family-related matters. We understand that life presents few challenges as emotional and demanding as divorce, legitimation, child custody and marital asset division. We work closely with our clients to counsel them and achieve their best possible result.

James E Holmes

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Shewmaker & Shewmaker
Counties Served: DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Clayton, Rockdale, Walton, Cobb, Spalding, Paulding, Douglas, Fayette, Cherokee, Forsyth
Telephone: 770-939-1939
Fax: 770-939-0583
Email: jholmes@shewmakerlaw.com
Address:
2845 Henderson Mill Rd NE
Atlanta, GA 30341
http://www.shewmakerlaw.com 

Specialty: The attorneys at Shewmaker & Shewmaker specialize in the full spectrum of divorce and family-related matters. We understand that life presents few challenges as emotional and demanding as divorce, legitimation, child custody and marital asset division. We work closely with our clients to counsel them and achieve their best possible result.

Hackett & Wine, LLC

Ashley Marie Wine

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Hackett & Wine, LLC
Telephone: 678-855-7165
Fax: 678-855-7101
1200 Ashwood Parkway
Suite 502
Atlanta, GA 30338
Ashley@hackettandwine.com
http://www.hackettandwine.com

Specialty: I pride myself on aggressively advocating for every client. At Hackett & Wine we provide our clients with both the effective representation and empathy they need to effectively respond to the trying legal and personal situations they are facing. We work hard to achieve the best possible result for each client, depending on their unique goals.

Carrie A. Hackett

Hackett-Carrie
Hackett & Wine, LLC
Telephone: 678-855-7165
Fax: 678-855-7101
1200 Ashwood Parkway
Suite 502
Atlanta, GA 30338
carrie@hackettandwine.com
http://www.hackettandwine.com

Specialty: I pride myself on aggressively advocating for every client. At Hackett & Wine we provide our clients with both the effective representation and empathy they need to effectively respond to the trying legal and personal situations they are facing. We work hard to achieve the best possible result for each client, depending on their unique goals.