Atlanta Family Law

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The most common area of family law is also the most difficult: divorce. It’s something no one wants to think about or experience, but when it becomes a reality, it’s essential for you to know that you have informed and diligent attorneys vigorously advocating on your behalf. While passionate in championing your case, our firm is not unduly aggressive, as we believe the most advantageous results – legally, emotionally and financially – often come from a collaborative approach. Divorce is a difficult enough process as it is, and our goals are to make it less difficult in every way that we can, while making it more difficult in none.

Laws regarding the family span the womb to the grave, and our attorneys have experience at every stage, from surrogacy contracts and adoptions, to estate planning and probating wills. We can help you plan ahead in relationships by drafting or reviewing prenuptial agreements or postnuptial contracts, or help you revisit a previous case where the custody, child support or visitation clauses need to be modified or enforced.

Our firm is especially proud of the reputation we have fighting for LGBT individuals and families in Georgia. Whether advocating for relationship and parental rights for LGBT individuals, or assisting transgender clients legally change their names and gender marker on birth certificates, using the law to empower and protect LGBT Georgians is something Kitchens New Cleghorn has done every day of the 17 years our firm has existed.

There are many parts of Family Law that can be unpleasant, but your attorney shouldn’t be one of them. At Kitchens New Cleghorn, we have the legal knowledge and breadth of courtroom experience to advocate fiercely on your behalf, and the compassion to understand this is likely a difficult and unforeseen experience for clients. Selecting an attorney for intimate and personal matters is an important decision, and we would be honored if you trusted our attorneys to advocate on your behalf.

Atlanta Divorce Attorneys

Personalized Strategy for Individual Needs

At Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC our Atlanta divorce attorneys have decades of experience helping individuals and families navigate Georgia’s legal system and courts. Whether you are going through a divorce, need child custody or child support modifications, seeking alimony, or need a prenuptial agreement; our team-oriented approach ensures you receive accurate and timely information, expert guidance, and competent representation. Led by attorney Shawna Woods and John DiNatale, the Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC’s team of Atlanta family law lawyers will fight to protect your legal and financial interests.


Shawna M. Woods is an Of-Counsel Attorney at Kitchens New Cleghorn. Prior to coming to Kitchens New Clegorn, Shawna was Partner at Law Firm in Forsyth County specializing exclusively in Family Law. She also had successful solo Family Law practice in Fulton County and had worked several years with the Special Assistant to the Attorney General for Child Support Enforcement.
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John DiNatale leads Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC’s Family Law Practice. John joined the firm in 2018, after operating a solo practice for several years in Atlanta. Born and raised in Marietta, Georgia, John worked as a literary agent in New York City after graduating from the University of Georgia and later, before law school, designed productions for a major Atlanta arts and culture center. His legal philosophy is simple: represent Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC clients with loyalty, respect, and selfless service. Read More.

Jeff Cleghorn, Of Counsel

Jeffery M. Cleghorn is an Of-Counsel Attorney at Kitchens New Cleghorn. Read More.

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I’ve worked with Kitchens New Cleghorn on several legal matters. They are smart, thorough and such a pleasure to work with. They are my first recommendation to anyone seeking legal services.

Family Law Services

We can help with any family legal issue you may have. Please review the services we offer at our firm:

Helping clients achieve favorable resolutions – Sample Case Types Include:

High Net Worth Division Strategies

Kitchens New Cleghorn, LLC is well versed in helping clients achieve positive outcomes in divorce cases involving the division of high-asset marital estates. Having someone help you understand your rights and obligations regarding asset division is crucial for a successful resolution. Mr. DiNatale works with clients to create a strategic solution that will help achieve your desired results.

High net worth asset division can be among the most complicated, emotionally charged aspects of any divorce. When considering real estate, potential business ownership, investments and more, the divorce attorneys at Kitchens New Cleghorn brings their focused business acumen to your specific circumstances in order to create a strategy to protect and preserve assets in an equitable manner. With expert legal and financial experience in high net worth division strategies, all factors are reviewed and analyzed to ensure there’s protection for what is important to clients.

High-Intensity Child Custody Disputes

When dealing with a child custody dispute it is imperative that you have experienced counsel with the skills needed to properly navigate the Atlanta legal process in your favor. John DiNatale and his team have successfully represented numerous clients on sensitive child custody disputes and have helped achieve positive outcomes in many high-intensity situations.

Contested Divorce Litigation in Atlanta & Surrounding Areas

A contested divorce occurs when spouses can’t agree on vital issues concerning the breakup of their marital union. Some of those can include:

  • Terms of alimony payments
  • Child custody arrangements/schedules
  • Division of marital property
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In some instances a divorce is acrimonious and contested from day 1, and in other instances spouses may begin the divorce process on the same page with regards to sensitive issues only to find they ultimately disagree. In either case, when an agreement on personal details can’t be reached, a court will usually suggest mediation to reach a settlement and avoid a more costly and emotional trial. Should that process not work, the divorce would proceed to trial. It’s key that you have experienced litigation attorneys familiar with the trial process that will work hard to present the court with facts and information that will benefit you. If you think your divorce will be contested and may reach trial, reach out to our Atlanta contested divorce attorneys to discuss the details of your case.

Additional Georgia Divorce Information

Under Georgia law, one or both of spouses must have lived in the state for at least six months prior to filing. In addition, you must choose one of 13 grounds under which you may file for a divorce, ranging from adultery, where one party has been unfaithful, to desertion, in which one spouse has not been residing with or providing any financial support to the other spouse for more than a year. In most cases, we may recommend filing for a ‘no-fault divorce’, meaning simply that one spouse states the marriage is irreparably broken. While an uncontested divorce can take as little as 30 to 60 days, in the case of a contested divorce it can take considerably longer.

Divorce is never a pleasant experience, but there is no need to go through it alone. Important life decisions such as ending a marriage require time, patience and skilled legal assistance.

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Contact us at 404.844.2856 today for a consultation. Our Flagship office is located in the heart of Buckhead at 2973 Hardman Court, Atlanta, GA 30305.


The information provided on this website is general and for information only and does not constitute legal advice for any particular situation of facts and circumstances. If you have need for legal advice, please consult with an attorney for your specific questions.

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