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Michael Jay Schlifka

Michael Jay Schlifka

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Child Custody, Alimony, Child Support, Domestic Violence

About Me

Michael has a dual membership to the Georgia Bar and New York State Bar. While in New York, Michael maintained a diverse practice, including family law, criminal defense, residential real estate and consumer bankruptcy for approximately 15 years, both as a solo practitioner and as lead associate attorney in a mid-size law firm on Long Island.

Since relocating to Atlanta, he has focused his legal career primarily in family law. Prior to joining Meriwether & Tharp in February, 2015, Michael maintained a solo practice in Norcross, Georgia for over 20 years. He has successfully handled a vast range of family law cases including, uncontested and contested divorce, child custody, support, equitable division, modification, contempt, family violence, legitimation, pre/post nuptial agreements, and step-parent adoption. His practice has taken him to the entire Metro Atlanta area including, but not limited to Barrow, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, Gwinnett, Hall, in addition to Augusta, Catoosa, and Meriwether Counties.

Michael strives to maintain a high level of professionalism while dedicating a fierce commitment to attaining the needs and realistic goals of his client.

On a personal note, he has maintained his passion for racewalking initially on a successful competitive level, and more recently on a leisurely basis. Michael is a past President of the Walking Club of Georgia, Roswell Rapids Swim Team Booster Club President, former marathon coach, and is proud to have completed 7 full marathons and many more half marathons


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1979

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    35 years
  2. Child Custody: 20%
    35 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 10%
    35 years
  4. Child Support: 10%
    35 years
  5. Alimony: 10%
    35 years



Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Patrick Lehmon Meriwether

    Michael has been a welcomed addition to the team. He has wisdom beyond his 35 + years of experience. He approaches every case with the same level of zeal balanced by compassion. He has the experience and legal knowledge to handle any case, big or small. He has the energy and strategic thinking to jump into the middle of a mess to figure out what to do to help the client. He will then properly advise the client on whether to settle or pursue a trial, all the while cognizant of their emotional state and how they may process his advice. When he came on board, he helped my case load by instantly taking over several cases. He was able to process the cases and come up with a winning game plan for the clients. I endorse this lawyer.


    Patrick Meriwether Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Robert Lane Tharp

    It has been a pleasure to get to know Michael since he joined our firm. He has over thirty years of divorce experience. He communicates with his clients in a manner that helps them to understand the divorce process. He maintains a balanced approach to litigation, perfectly blending a level headed approach to amicably problem solving their matters through negotiation when possible and defending their rights and interest in court when necessary. It is my pleasure to endorse this attorney.


    Robert Tharp Divorce & Separation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact Info

Meriwether & Tharp, LLP

11475 Great Oaks Way
Suite 125
Alpharetta, GA, 30022



GAActive Member in Good Standing 199408/22/2015
NYCurrently registered 197903/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
20 year anniversaryMartindale-Hubbell2014

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate AttorneyMeriwether & Tharp, LLC2015 - Present
AttorneyMichael J. Schlifka, Esq.1995 - 2015
Senior Associate AttorneyFeldman, Kramer & Roberts1989 - 1993
PartnerEgan, Netusil & Schlifka1987 - 1989
AttorneyRobert W. Farrell1979 - 1985


Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Georgia, Family Law SectionMember1995 - Present


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Toledo College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1979
George Washington UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975