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Alake Oni Colwell

Divorce and separation Attorney at Lawrenceville, GA

4.7   25 reviews

About Alake

Learn Alake’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Divorce and separation
    60%
    At the Colwell Law Firm, LLC we handle divorce cases which include the issues of child custody, child support and distribution of marital property. We also assist clients in uncontested divorces and draft paperwork for settlement negotiations.

    11 years

  2. Child custody
    20%
    We advocate for father's rights if you are a father trying to obtain custody and visitation with your child. We also help parents obtain custody back who lost custody. And if you are seeking additional time we can get you more visitation as well.

    11 years

  3. Child support
    20%
    We handle initial child support order cases for those who don't have a current order. We also handle child support modifications for those who have a decrease in their income or a loss of employment.

    11 years

My name is Alake Colwell Furlow and I have been handling family court cases since 2009.  Being licensed since 2011, I have many years of experience handling domestic cases involving divorce, child support, child custody, deprivation, visitation, legitimation, temporary restraining orders, termination of parental rights, mediation, settlement negotiations and paperwork drafting.

I have experience handling cases in Superior Court in the following counties:Gwinnett, Cobb, Clayton, Henry, Paulding, Douglas, Dekalb, Fulton, Barrow, Forsyth, Rockdale, Cherokee, Jasper & Walton county.  I also have experience working in Magistrate Court as well as Juvenile Court.  I have represented many clients in contested and uncontested divorces, actions to legitimize for custody & visitation, child support modifications, deprivation hearings in Juvenile Court as a parent attorney, credit card actions representing the debtor & even handled actions involving multiple states.

When asked why you should hire me the answer is simple.  Many people want an attorney who is accessible, an attorney who answers your telephone calls, and attorney that returns your emails as well as an attorney who works on your case instead of handing your file off to a paralegal.  There are many benefits involved with regard to working with a small firm because clients are able to work directly with the attorney, the attorney has personal and intimate knowledge of your case and that attorney has invested in getting the best possible outcome for you in the fastest time possible. 

Why not represent yourself?  Why hire an attorney at all?  It is important to hire an attorney for many reasons.  An uncontested divorce will not be granted if there are issues with your paperwork.  You may obtain an adverse judgment if you represent yourself and are unaware of how to present your case at trial.  An attorney can handle your case right the first time without you having to try and hire an attorney afterward to appeal an adverse jugment.  An attorney knows the court system, judge's and judge's offices and are able to maneuver your case through the process in an timely and efficient manner.  

Our motto is service, solutions, success.  And we are able to achieve those results at a price you can afford.  Call now and speak directly with me, not a legal assistant.  We will begin working on your case immediately, get you the relief you are seeking with excellent results.

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Licensed for 11 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/03/2022

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

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The Colwell Law Firm, LLC
1590 Atkinson Road
Lawrenceville, GA, 30043

Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
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Posted by Mike | November 8, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Positive attitude
Great attorney with a great attitude, love positive people and she is definitely one of them
Posted by anonymous | October 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Attorney
I hired Attorney Furlow to handle my divorce. She did a great job getting me everything I was asking for and protecting my assets. She also stayed in touch with me and kept me updated on my case. She worked with my budget so that my legal fees were affordable as well.
Posted by Elizabeth | February 12, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Child Support
I had gotten Mrs.Alake refereed to me by my cousin. I was having a hard time finding my sons dad address to get hm served. Mrs.Alake gave me the resources to get his address. What could have been an easy case turned into a year case because my sons father an his lawyer either wouldn’t come to court or never responded. Once we made it to trial Mrs.Alake did Soo well to prove to the judge that my sons father was lying about his income. An was able to get me reasonable support an also get me paid for the DNA testing. I must say I applaud her work she does it soo well am firm the whole time. Thank you, Elizabeth Godinez
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Posted by anonymous | December 19, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Child Support
I was having a hard time getting the father of my son to help me out in any way. He was even saying he wasn't the father. The state wouldn't help me because they said they couldn't find him. I hired Mrs. Furlow to represent me in a child support case. She got him to take a DNA test and then got me child support. She also got me some money back for some of the stuff I paid for for my son. She made it an easy process and even though he tried to lie about his income, she was able to prove how much he made so I could get my support. I am so grateful because now that money will help me out with my son. I would definitely use her again.
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Posted by anonymous | May 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Ms. Colwell was my attorney for my divorce. She made the process easy for my wife and I since it was an uncontested divorce. The process was simple, she would draft the documents and send them to us to sign. There was no trial and she charged us a flat rate. She's very efficient, knowledgeable and to the point when you work with her. And whenever we had questions about a document she explained everything to us in a way we could understand. Unlike a lot of people she also responded very quickly to emails and phone calls. Hopefully I don't need her again but if I did, I would definitely use her again.
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Posted by Aja | May 5, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Absolutely the best divorce lawyer in Georgia
Alake was very knowledgeable and dependable. She answered all of my questions in a timely manner when contacting her. She took the time to listen to my case and was very honest with what she would be able to do for me. I would definitely recommend her to anyone out here going through a divorce and needs a lawyer. She is the BEST!
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Posted by anonymous | November 19, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Very Knowledgeable and Helpful
Although I didn’t have the money to hire her, she took the time to explain to me the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce. She explained to me what happens if my husband won’t sign. And she explained the process to me if we have to go through the whole case and it doesn’t settle. She did offer me payment arrangements but I just can’t afford anything right now. But I hope to be able to hire her soon.
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Posted by Lamar | November 16, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
knowledgable, resourceful, professional, patient, responsive,helpful
Alake represented me for a family case. I live out of state and she helped me every step of the way. She provided resources for me and made the process easy to understand. Alake showed a lot of patience and fought for me the entire time. Alake is hard working, dedicated to the case she takes on and goes above and beyond. I had a great experience and if need be I will hire Alake again without any reservations. I can't thank you enough!!
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Posted by anonymous | October 31, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The Best for Sure!
Attorney Furlow, I don't even know where to start. Amazing is an understatement! This Lawyer is awesome! She is very knowledgeable, thorough, and honest! I had several lawyers before her but she is the only one to get real RESULTS! Let me also mention, her prices are reasonable. I couldn't see my son for the past 2 years on a normal basis, she turned all that around! I've never been so happy and now I feel like my family is complete again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 10, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great & Helpful Attorney
This is the second time I have had to hire an attorney. I went through a divorce last year and Mrs. Colwell was able to help me through that process. Unfortunately, my ex-husband has refused since the divorce to pay his portion of the medical bills on time and has skipped his child support on several occasions. I contacted Mrs. Colwell to see if she could help because between the medical bills, extra-curricular activities and the expenses at my house, it's hard for me to take care of everything when I don't get the monthly child support payments. Mrs. Colwell was able to help me get a judgment against my ex, set up a garnishment and get back some of the money to help me get things caught up. Even when she is not representing me, I know I can call her when I have a question about the divorce papers and anything involving my children. She is always there to help and with my budget, she makes sure she works with me so I can afford her prices.
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Posted by Tameka | July 15, 2015
Family Law
very knowledgeable and sharp attorney. She is what an attorney really are supposed to be which are hard to come by these days because most are about money not their client best interest. I can say Ms. Colwell is very upfront and honest from the start of your case. And she will listen and answer any question or concerns you may have. She has went above and beyond what I hired her for. I would recommend to anyone who have a difficult or any family law issue to hire her because she diffidently will have your back. I will make sure to keep her as an attorney for future family law issues.
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Posted by Johnnyne | April 26, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
knowledgeable and very resourceful
Attorney Alake was very informative and provided me with stepping stones to begin my pursuit of my legal problems. She refrained from sarcasm and asking ethical questions as did the other 2 lawyers who replied. I was pleasantly surprised and satisfied.
Posted by Hana | April 13, 2015
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
unwed mother
Even thought I didn't give exact information and also my question didnt have all information, Mrs. Colwell saw the whole picture and answered more than just my question.
Posted by anonymous | February 17, 2015
Great Work, Very Professional
I hired Mrs. Colwell to help me settle my divorce. She drafted all the divorce paperwork and assisted me with filing an uncontested divorce. We had to change the paperwork several times because my husband kept changing his mind about custody and child support. But Mrs. Colwell made any changes we asked and helped me get a quick divorce and move on. Although my process was not long, I enjoyed working with her because she always returned my calls and emails and would always answer my questions. I hope I don't have to hire her again but I would if I needed a family attorney.
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Posted by Akin | February 2, 2015
ALake Colwell saved my life and my relationship with my children.
When I found out that a divorce was inevitable I was extremely distraught. I resorted to drinking and sabotaging the relationship with my daughters fearing my wife was was feeding them misinformation about her affairs. Not only was Mrs. Colwell competitively priced, she went far and beyond the services rendered by other attorneys. She referred me to treatment programs for my addiction and classes to help my daughter and I restore our relationship. I am forever greatful for the discretion and care I was shown by the Colwell Firm. God forbid I need her services again, but should anyone I know be in need of her set of skills, I would refer her in a heartbeat. She restored my faith in the legal community and I am forever greatful.
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Posted by Frances | February 2, 2015
Very helpful
Alake is very good at what she does . She is a great lawyer. She helped me with making a will, She also helped me with how to get a divorce. I know that when i need a lawyer she will be the first one i choose.i really didn't know anything about making a will.So i called her and asked for help on making my will, She talked me through every step. And she also did the same with the divorce.So I would tell my friends are anybody esle she will not let you down.She will work hard for you.I have seen her stay up late working on her cases. So don''t think you won't get the best help ,Because you will.Very proud to tell anyone that she helped me out .I will be going to her again.
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Posted by anonymous | February 2, 2015
Great Lawyer!!!
Although Ms. Colwell handles family cases, in which she has done a case for me. I was being sued for a credit card and a medical bill, with a few phone calls and letters, they were dissmissed. All in all, I know Ms. Colwell to be very prompt and helpful whenever I have a question.
Posted by Tanika | February 2, 2015
Very Perfessional and Knowledgeable
I must say my experience with Mrs. Colwell law firm was awesome. She was able to handle my divorce with ease. She was also, very knowledgeable when it came to knowing the law and what I was capable of receiving from the divorce. Mrs. Colwell also, made me feel that my case was the only case with the time she spent assisting me just to ensure all my questions and concerns were answered. I would highly recommend her for your services. Thank you, Mrs. Colwell for allowing me to trust in you.
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Posted by anonymous | January 29, 2015
Great Divorce Attorney
I hired Mrs. Colwell to represent me in my divorce. She was very knowledgeable and made me aware of all my options. She helped me get a temporary hearing to get temporary child support, alimony and get my husband removed from the home. With a newborn baby, I needed some support until the divorce was final and she was able to get that for me and get attorney's fees when the case was over.
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Posted by Hannah | September 22, 2014
Very Knowledgeable and Helpful
I called The Colwell Law Firm, LLC because I was thinking of getting a divorce, my husband was living in another state and I wanted to know what I needed to do. Mrs. Colwell spoke with me for free, instead of charging me for a consultation like other attorneys. She answered all of my questions about what was going to happen in the divorce. She also told me what she could do for me regarding getting sole custody of my son and getting a divorce, even if my husband refused to participate. She responded very quickly via email and then followed up with a phone call. She was very helpful in letting me know what I needed to do to more forward and what to expect.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 200-250 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Colwell Law Firm, LLC
  • 2011 - Present

Education

  • Southern University (LA)
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Georgia State University
  • BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
  • 2002

Legal Cases

  • Logan v. Logan
  • Kept my client from being sanctioned for contempt of court multiple times, calculated affordable child support & alimony for only a short period of time.
  • Dearing v. Dearing
  • Obtained sole custody for my client, a child support order & the father received no visitation.
  • Gill v. Kaur
  • Settled case for my client, providing my client with the marital property she was seeking and no payment of attorney's fees to her spouse.
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Associations

  • Gwinnett County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Atlanta Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Young Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • DeKalb Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Black Lawyers Association
  • 2018
  • Top 100
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • The National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2013
  • Law Scholarship
  • Southern University Law Center
  • 2010
  • Cali Award
  • Southern University Law Center
  • 2009
  • Georgia Hope Scholarship
  • State of Georgia
  • 2002
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Publications

  • Southern Law Journal
  • Changes in Domestic Law
  • 2016
  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • How to Obtain an Uncontested Divorce
  • 2015
  • AVVO Legal Guides
  • Legitimizing Your Child
  • 2015
  • Family Law Guide
  • How to Complete a Child Support Worksheet
  • 2014
  • Southern University Law
  • Foreign Border Relations & The U.S. Government
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Georgia Family Law Institute
  • Same Sex Marriage law changes
  • 2017
  • Solo and Small Firm Institute
  • Closing without trial - successful mediation.
  • 2016
  • Mock Trial Competition
  • Judge
  • 2015
  • Family Law Conference
  • Mediation Effectiveness in Solving Family Law Disputes
  • 2013
  • Networking Event
  • Contested v. Uncontested Divorces
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (29)
Endorse Alake
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child support Attorney | Apr 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Alake is an excellent attorney committed to providing the highest quality representation to clients. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Child support Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent Attorney - I fully endorse"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Mrs. Colwell. Truly exceptional and caring attorney who gets great results in representing clients! I want all people with legal problems to contact her first."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Colwell is a valuable asset to this community. Her dedication to the law and her clients is admirable."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Alake without reservation. She has demonstrated an exceptional grasp of the law and has the skills of a superb litigator."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse Ms. Colwell. She will represent your family law/custody needs with passion and understand. Malcolm."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Colwell goes above and beyond to help her clients obtain the best results."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A top-notch attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A wonderful and dedicated advocate for her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Other
"For her work in divorce and separation law, I endorse this hard working attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Responsible and respected member of the legal community"
Child custody Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Colwell is a wonderful jurist with a remarkable reputation and an outstanding track record of dedicated service to her clients."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse attorney Alake Colwell. She is hard working, skilled, and dedicated to her clients. A respected member within the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Alake Colwell gives great answers here on AVVO and imparts insight and her own personal legal experience with those who need help. If you want an excellent attorney to assist you with your legal needs, you do well to ask her to help you."
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Lawrenceville Divorce and separation Lawyer Alake Oni Colwell
Alake Oni Colwell
Divorce and separation Attorney
Lawrenceville, GA
Licensed for 11 years
Free Consultation