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There's life after your divorce, although it may not seem like it now.
I've been practicing family law almost 20 years. Shortly after I started practicing family law, I was trained as a Guardian ad Litem--a lawyer appointed by the court to represent the children in contested divorce cases. After handling several GAL cases I was struck by how devastated the children were by seeing their parents try to destroy each other.
I think it's possible--and preferable--to pursue your divorce in a way that doesn't hurt your children and lessens your own pain as much as possible. Every day I try to help my clients analyze the benefits of their actions, and weigh them against the costs to themselves and their children.
It takes 4 reasonable people (the 2 parties and the 2 lawyers) acting reasonably to lessen the pain and keep your kids healthy during a divorce. But it's possible to come out of a divorce in one piece. My most successful cases are those in which I can work together with my client to make sure that everyone is able to move on with their lives as seamlessly as possible.
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Amy Waggoner is one of those well-grounded, practical lawyers that has a calming effect even in the most stressful situations. I highly recommend Amy for your family law matter, particularly if you are interested in the Collaborative Process.
Melody Richardson Family Attorney
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Ms. Waggoner is an excellent attorney. Working on a case with Ms. Waggoner always results in effective and efficient resolution of a case, no matter how complex the issues. It is of utmost importance to clients in a divorce or family law situation to have an attorney who is respected by attorneys, judges, and court professionals working in the community. Ms. Waggoner is well respected and ethical. I am always pleased when she is on the opposite side of the table from me in a case because I know I can trust her and I know that she will work hard to ensure that a divorce case or family law related case is resolved with the clients best interests as the center and focus of the resolution. I recommend Ms. Waggoner.
Eileen Shuman Divorce & Separation Attorney
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1995||11/07/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Top 50: 2014 Women Georgia SuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2014|
|Top 10 Award||National Academy of Family Law Attorneys||2014|
|Top 50: 2013 Women Georgia SuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2013|
|Legal Elite||Georgia Trend Magazine||2013|
|Top 50: 2012 Women Georgia SuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2012|
|Top 50: 2011 Women Georgia SuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2011|
|Top 50: 2010 Women Georgia SuperLawyers||SuperLawyers||2010|
|Pro Bono Top 50 Award||Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation||2005|
|Pro Bono Top 50 Award||Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Foundation||2004|
|American Jurisprudence Award||Achievement in Litigation||1994|
|Partner||Waggoner Hastings LLC||2010 - Present|
|Partner||Aussenberg Waggoner, LLP||2005 - 2009|
|Associate Judge||Municipal Court of Union City||1999 - 2001|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Association of Family and Conciliatory Courts||Member||2009 - Present|
|ACLU of Georgia||Board of Directors||2007 - 2008|
|Atlanta Collaborative Divorce Alliance||Founding Member||2007 - Present|
|Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia||Member||2006 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2006 - Present|
|Stonewall Bar Association||President||2004 - 2005|
|Stonewall Bar Association||Director||2001 - 2007|
|Atlanta Bar Association , Traffic Court Committee||N/A||1996 - 1997|
|North Fulton Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|State Bar of Georgia||N/A||N/A|
|Tennessee Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Georgia State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Maryville College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1985|
|Georgia State University||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Georgia State University College of Law||Collaborative Divorce||2013|
|Georgia State University College of Law||Collaborative Divorce||2012|
|Georgia State University College of Law||Collaborative Divorce||2011|