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Denise Danielle Vanlanduyt

Child custody Attorney at Decatur, GA

4.7   27 reviews

also known as Denise D. VanLanduyt


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About Denise

Learn Denise’s areas of practice.

5
Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    40%
    Handle cases in all the Metro Counties including but not limited to: Fulton, DeKalb, Cobb, Gwinnett and Clayton

  2. Divorce and separation
    40%

  3. Family
    10%
    All areas of family law - divorce, child custody, child support, contempt, modification, visitation, paternity, legitimation, domestic violence, post divorce property disputes, same-sex dissolutions

  4. Arbitration
    5%
    Certified and Registered Arbitrator in the State of Georgia specializing in domestic matters.

  5. Mediation
    5%
    Certified and Registered Mediator in the State of Georgia specializing in domestic matters.

Licensed since 2000, Denise started her successful family law practice in 2002. Since then she has assisted numerous clients navigate the emotional and technical landscape of family law including: divorce, complex asset issues and child custody disputes. Denise is often called upon by her colleagues to assist with challenging legal issues impacting all families and has argued cases before the Georgia appellate courts, including oral argument before the Georgia Supreme Court. She provides insight and advice on legislation impacting children and families.

Appointed in 2022, Denise serves as a part time Judge on the City of Decatur Municipal Court. Active in the legal community, Denise also serves on the State Bar of Georgia standing committee: Children and the Courts. She recently served as Co-Chair of the Atlanta Legal Aid Service Council which is comprised of 25 lawyers from the metro-Atlanta area. The Service Council focuses on creating pro bono service opportunities for young lawyers via Atlanta Legal Aid as well as spearheading fundraising efforts for the non-profit. Denise is also a Past President of the DeKalb Bar Association, Past Chair of the Board for the DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation and a founding chair of Family Law Section of the DeKalb Bar Association.

Denise is a member of Decatur First United Methodist Church where she served on the Administrative Board for three (3) years and recently finished her term as the Lay Leader for the congregation. Denise was recently elected to serve as an Associate Lay Leader for North Georgia Conference of the United Methodist Church. When not working, Denise loves to explore and hike the trails and mountains of North Georgia and especially out in the PNW. Denise lives in downtown Decatur with her wife, Jessica, dog, Harper and cat, Eleanor.

 

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Licensed for 22 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2000
Updated 11/03/2022

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

Contact Denise

VanLanduyt Greer, LLC
160 Clairemont Avenue
Suite 450
Decatur, GA, 30030
VanLanduyt Greer, LLC
Blue Ridge Office
316 Summit Street
Blue Ridge, GA, 30513
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by Janice | January 6, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Denise Danielle Vanlanduyt
I found Attorney Denise Danielle Vanlanduyt to be one of the most professional Attorney that I have ever had the privilege to meet. If you ever need an attorney to get the job completed in a timely manner she is it. I called Atty. Vanlanduyt and in one consultation I was impressed with her knowledge of the law and professionalism. Needlessly to say she got the job done in a timely manner. Thank you Atty. Vanlanduyt!
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Posted by anonymous | August 31, 2021
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The best decision I made
Denise is extremely knowledgeable and straight to the point. She gives all information without a bias and walked me through everything step by step. She was spot on in her analysis of my case and followed through on all of her commitments. I would highly recommend.
Posted by Kim | August 25, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Service
My husband and I hired Ms. Vanlanduyt to help us with our son's legal name change. She was very knowledgeable, professional, and patient with all of our questions. Her rate was fair, and we feel like we received excellent legal advice and service. She handled all of the paperwork, set up the court hearing, attended the court hearing with us, and made sure we had everything we needed to legally change his name. She is professional and kind, and we highly recommend her.
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Posted by Rebekah | August 25, 2021
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Highly Recommend
Denise is an excellent attorney who has done far more for me than I ever thought possible. She exceeded all of my expectations! Denise approached each step in my divorce process with compassion, wisdom, integrity, and an incredible amount of knowledge and expertise. But what I've come to appreciate the most about Denise is her dedication to and continued advocacy for my children. Even after my divorce was finalized, Denise remained a great source of wisdom, always welcoming my questions and offering advice as I learn to navigate the waters of single parenthood. I cannot recommend Denise Vanlanduyt enough. She is simply the best!
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Posted by Matt | May 28, 2021
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Excellent Adoption Experience
Denise is a wonderful lawyer and our experience with her couldn't have been better. Denise helped us with the proceedings of a Step-Father adoption. She was incredibly knowledgeable about all the proceedings that were to take place and any questions she had were answered promptly and put a lot of our concerns and worries at ease. Anything she didn't immediately know the answer to she found for us quickly and responded in turn.
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Posted by Cris | October 20, 2020
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She's the best
Denise is excellent to work with. She is kind and child centered. I appreciated her input when making decisions because of her experience and advocating for what's best for the kid.
Posted by Beth | August 21, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Assistance after a death
Denise and her team were very prompt and efficient when helping my family with legal papers after the death of my father. Thank you to Chad and Doris for also being available.
Posted by anonymous | July 29, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Great experience
I hired Denise to help me through my divorce. She and her team were responsive and explained things well throughout the process. Going through a divorce is hard enough, having Denise and her team to help with all the details was super helpful.
Posted by Sophia | July 1, 2020
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Excellent Atttornwy
Attorney Vanlanduyt was efficient and straight forward. I'm a straight shooter and so is she. She understood my side and delivered. We avoided lengthy divorce process due to her knowledge of the law and her experience with mediation. I'm fully satisfied with her service and will highly recommend her firm.
Posted by Katherine | April 26, 2020
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Highly Recommend
My divorce was the lowest point in my life and the most drawn out experience I've ever had. Denise navigated the stream of requests from opposing counsel and my now ex-husband with ease. She was extremely empathetic and an incredible advocate for me and my daughter. Knowledgable, dedicated and ethical, Denise fought for us every step of the way. She went above and beyond the call of duty. I cannot say enough great things about Denise and her firm.
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Posted by Mayah | January 17, 2020
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An Amazing Win!!!! After a Long Uphill Battle!!!
Where do I begin......I’ve been involved in an egregious, nightmare of a custody case for 5+ years. It was the most convoluted, twisted, tangled mess any lawyer had ever seen. A mother’s worse pain. An unjustifiable, vicious plan of a father keeping a mom away from her children. I hired 4 different lawyers, at 4 different stages of my case to help me. Unfortunately they couldn’t wrap their heads around unraveling the mess, and I was left hopeless. I was beginning to believe evil truly did win. However, when Denise VanLanduyt and Chad Greer agreed to take my case, it was as if the heavens opened and gave me the FINEST, MOST INTELLIGENT, EFFICIENT, KNOWLEDGEABLE, KIND, STRONG, PROFESSIONAL, CARING, NO NONSENSE, lawyers on the planet. Denise and Chad worked non-stop, kept me appraised of everything and fought for me like nobody’s business. A case I thought would never turn in my favor— TURNED in my favor and all praises and thanks go to Denise and Chad. It would be amiss of me not to thank their outstanding legal support team. John Sughrue- you’re amazing!! This firm is definitely a force to be reckoned with and I would recommend it to anyone who is seeking true, solid legal representation. Denise and Chad I owe you my life!! Thank you isn’t enough! Motion GRANTED!!! Wow!!!! I’m still shaking!
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Posted by anonymous | January 7, 2020
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Positive experience to report!
Denise helped me successfully modify our parenting plan. Ultimately, I was able to achieve almost all of the provisions I sought and we avoided a trial. Unfortunately, it was a very challenging co-parenting situation, protracted over several years, that led me to seek legal support. The original parenting plan was poorly constructed and left a lot of room for conflict. Denise helped me draft a new plan that met our needs and then go through the process of trying to settled with the other parent and counsel before trial. It was a grueling and stressful process, but Denise was there to provide advice and suggestions each step of the way. She understood the emotional aspects of the dynamics that had led us to the impasse. Denise helped me navigate these and prevented me from getting tripped up on matters that were ultimately of minor significance. I also think she maintained a fair and balanced perspective throughout the process and was able to speak with me in a direct, yet respectful and considerate manner. I am very satisfied with the resulting parenting plan and feel it was worth the time and resources invested. I would definitely hire Denise again, but sincerely hope I do not have to!
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Posted by Debby | November 7, 2019
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Highly Recommend
Denise (and her paralegal, John) were great. They went above and beyond to make sure my divorce went as quickly and smoothly as it could. They paid attention to details and understood the delicacy of a situation that was not the norm. They were always willing to take my calls and answer emails, made sure to update me, and made sure everyone was prepared to what would be happening next.
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Posted by Dr. Dani Lee | August 14, 2019
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Excellent Attorney!!!!
As a single Father going into a divorce/custody battle over my toddler daughter, I was scared to say the least! However, Denise was amazing at keeping me positive. I am happily divorced with custody of my daughter and Denise fought for me every step of the way!!!! I would recommend This firm highly and I promise you that you will not regret it! The Paralegal John in my case was also efficient and amazing! Great communication, awesome support and even better sounding boards as I restructured my life a different way! Divorce is tough and a great attorney will soften the blow!!! I cannot praise and thank this firm enough!
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Posted by Nickolas | February 9, 2019
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Experienced, ethical, competent and compassionate.
Denise represented me through a 2-yr divorce, that was contentious, emotional and complex. In that, Denise was able to bring me perspective, share her experience and knowledge, and lead through the process with her superior emotional maturity. Denise gave voice to my frustration with candor, and simultaneously found creative ways to channel that energy into positive action. Denise was able to absorb my emotional baggage, and at the same time provide reassurance and guidance in navigating the most delicate intricacies of my difficult situation. Denise charged a reasonable rate and did not pad her hours, and she was happy to explain her detailed invoices. For Denise there were no situations in which she did not have some experience or insight, and at every step of the way I felt that Denise was well prepared to handle my case. I highly recommend Denise Vanlanduyt.
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Posted by Gera | October 21, 2018
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Diligent, Knowledgable, Compassionate and Absolutely Exceptional
Denise Vanlanduyt was recommended to me by a trusted friend who could not say enough good things about her. Amongst other things, she described Denise's extremely knowledgable approach, her tenacity, her exceptional integrity and genuine unwavering desire to provide the absolute best result possible for her clients. At the time she was recommended to me, I already had an attorney; though I had serious reservations about the progress of my case, the thought of switching counsel was a daunting prospect given the length of time that had elapsed and the large amount of money already spent. Thankfully, my case took a turn which made switching counsel inevitable. I called Denise immediately. Our initial consultation solidified everything my friend had said about her. At a time when I was emotionally exhausted, financially depleted and any hope for a favorable outcome seemed impossible, Denise was a beacon of hope. I found her remarkably knowledgeable, personable, incredibly thorough, willing to answer all of my very many questions and empathetic to my situation. It was such a relief to finally have competent representation. She meticulously reviewed my case and expertly uncovered a host of errors and legal flaws that would've left my children and I adversely exposed. Not only did she get to work immediately to correct those legal flaws, she filed expertly written motions on my behalf with the goal of inducing a much more favorable outcome. She is absolutely brilliant! How I wish I'd hired her initially. Would've saved me a lot of emotional and financial angst. Denise is an outstanding attorney and I highly recommend her. Like my friend who recommended her to me, I can't say enough good things about her. If you're looking for an exceptional family attorney, please call Denise Vanlanduyt. My children and I are deeply grateful for your diligence, knowledge, compassion and expertise. Thank you Denise.
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2016
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Attorney with integrity and great skills
Denise is an excellent attorney who knows the law, is well connected in the legal / judicial community and works hard for her clients. Denise was available when I needed her to be and very responsive. I would highly recommend her for all areas of family law. One last word of advice. Get a prenuptial agreement drawn up by her before you think about getting married.
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Posted by Nina | August 8, 2016
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Honest and Straightforward Legal Counsel
I hired Denise for her legal experience and knowledge, but she worked diligently even beyond the law - to address what I was experiencing personally. When I was overwhelmed, Denise provided objective insight - helping me to define and defend my interests and values. She was honest and straight forward regarding the law and respectful and compassionate to me as a client. I'd recommend Denise to anyone who needed a good lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | July 28, 2016
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A True Professional & Advocate!
Denise was extremely supportive and a true advocate for me, and more importantly for my child. She took on a difficult challenge with my case and helped me walk through every step of the way. We had to go to trial unfortunately, and she handled all with the utmost professionalism even given the less than professionalism from the opposing counsel. The process of going to trail was difficult to say the least, especially, like most, you have not been through it before. Denise and her team were invaluable in providing guidance and support throughout and helped stave off some issues that could have become significant. Denise is truly a wise and caring advocate who will get you through. I would not hesitate to use her services again in the future and have already referred her to others. Your best decision if in need…Highly Recommended!
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2016
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The Right Stuff
Family legal issues are, by definition, heavily emotionally charged. A good legal representative in this arena needs to possess both a sensibility about the nature of the conflict as well as the legal prowess to represent her client zealously. Denise is at once an empathetic counselor and a formidable advocate, and she has given me a tremendous sense of confidence and relief in her representation of my family's interests. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Associate Judge
  • City of Decatur Municipal Court
  • 2022 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • VanLanduyt Greer, LLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • VanLanduyt Giles Greer, LLC
  • 2014 - 2019
  • Owner
  • VanLanduyt & Associates
  • 2002 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Devlin & Robinson
  • 2000 - 2002
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Education

  • Syracuse University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • University of Central Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Mayah Mitchell v. Christopher Capehart (2020 WL 288976)
  • Reverse and Remand

Associations

  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • Member of Service Council
  • 2017 - Present
  • Georgia Association for Women Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Stonewall Bar Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2016 - 2017
  • DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Past President of the Board
  • 2014 - 2017
  • DeKalb Bar Foundation
  • Past President
  • 2013 - 2014
  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • Past President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Diversity Committee
  • 2012 - 2014
  • DeKalb Volunteer Lawyers Foundation
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2017
  • DeKalb County Bar Association
  • President-Elect
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Decatur First United Methodist Church
  • Board of Directors
  • 2011 - 2014
  • DeKalb County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Past Chair
  • 2009 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Pro Bono Star
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Star
  • Atlanta Legal Aid Society
  • 2018
  • Outstanding Service to the Stonewall Community
  • Stonewall Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2013
  • Founder of the Family Law Section
  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Georgia's Top Rated Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2012
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Speaking Engagements

  • University of Georgia Law School: Working in the Public Interest
  • Family Law Issues Post Obergefell
  • 2016
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Financial Issues in Divorce
  • 2016
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Institute
  • Separating the Unmarried Couple
  • 2015
  • Georgia Mediator and Nuetrals Conference
  • Mediation Issues
  • 2015
  • Cobb County ADR
  • Mediating Divorce and Other Unique Family Law Issues
  • 2015
  • State Bar of Georga Family Law Institute
  • Family Law Institute
  • 2014
  • Same-Sex Legal Issues
  • Same-Sex Legal Issues
  • 2013
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • Ethics and Professionalism
  • 2013
  • State Bar of Georgia Family Law Institute
  • Hot Topics in Family Law
  • 2011
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Family Law
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Denise
Child custody Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Denise is professional and has an excellent reputation in the legal community. I share office space with her but I have experience with her work for several years prior to having an office with her."
Family Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I highly endorse Ms. VanLanduyt. I have worked with her on several legal matters and find her highly qualified, empathetic to clients and extremely professional. She is one of the most sought-after Guardians ad litem for very good reason, and she is a highly skilled mediator and family law practitioner."
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have served as a mediator when Denise represented a client in the mediation. She is knowledgeable, prepared, an effective advocate for her client and also understands the benefits of reaching a settlement of the issues through mediation as opposed to the client enduring a more expensive and prolonged battle in court."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Denise. She is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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Decatur Child custody Lawyer Denise Danielle Vanlanduyt
Denise Danielle Vanlanduyt
Child custody Attorney
Decatur, GA
Licensed for 22 years