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Robert Kendall Abbott Jr.

Divorce and separation Attorney at Marietta, GA

3.5   10 reviews

also known as BJ Abbott

  • Licensed for 22 years
    State GA
    Acquired 2001
    Active Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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I have been practicing law since 2001.  I was fortunate to have been mentored by one of the best family lawyers in Georgia, Richard Moore. To this day, I exclusively practice family law.   

At my firm, we understand tha any type of litigation involving family law is emotionally and financially distressing to our clients.  We aggressively fight for our clients so that they recieve the best possibe outcome.  

My knowledge and experience in family law is invalable to my clients.  Coupled with that I give 100% to each client.  My staff and I work hard to make certain that each client recieves the best possible legal service from our firm.  

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3.5 / 5.0
  10 customer reviews
Posted by Michael | July 17, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Service was Above and Beyond
Mr. Abbott was not my first choice in getting a lawyer for my family issues (dont want to get into WHY i hired him) but i cannot be happier that he was the lawyer that i chose to represent me. His law office staff were always very kind to me and as helpful as they could be. I really dont see how he could get any negative reviews, he was always read to talk to me. Even though he wasnt the cheapest, you truly pay for what you get in a lawyer. Do you want a Family Dollar Lawyer when dealing with the custody of your children? Abbott and Abbott are incredible at what they do.
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Posted by Tina | February 10, 2018
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Amazing response time!
Mr. Abbott and his team had impeccable response time to all of my questions. His advice was professional and his thinking was always outside of the box to create positive outcomes.
Posted by Valerie | February 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
An Fantastic Attorney!!
BJ and the offices of Abbott & Abbott exceeded my expectations. They handled my questions and concerns promptly and professionally, while still being friendly and compassionate. Thank you BJ!! You got me through the toughest time in my life. Best of the best!
Posted by anonymous | July 7, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Could not have done it without him.
I can honestly say that I would not be where I am today without the help of BJ and Parri Abbott. I was in a legal battle with my ex-wife and the Abbott's were able to assist with multiple matters. They are very knowledgeable with Family Law and helped me to secure a future with my two sons. I would not necessarily call the case a win, as who does really win in any matter dealing with divorce and or child custody, but with there help it definitely made my ex take a step back in trying to dominate everything over me. I believe the Abbott's are ethical in there procedures and maintain integrity during intense legal battles. These are all the qualities that I looked for when choosing a lawyer, especially when it involves children. I visited multiple lawyers prior to selecting Abbott & Abbott. Other lawyers had flat out told me that they did not care what the truth was in my case. It was important to me to have a lawyer (my lawyer) believe in me to build a trust and confidence when representing me. The Abbott’s believed in my case and I could tell by their dedication. While interviewing other lawyers I had found that the price is about the same when it comes to receiving quality for a specific type of legal aid. The services of Abbott & Abbott are vast and of the utmost quality for the same price as other comparable lawyers. This made the Abbott’s a great value! I myself am not the best communicator especially when put on the spot. I was able to rely on the communication skills of Mr. Abbott to work through my case. Through consultation with me, my ex, the Judge and other attorneys, things have drastically improved and we have been able to move forward with me and my two sons. Thank you Abbott & Abbott.
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Posted by anonymous | September 13, 2016
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My review
BJ represented me in my divorce. He was very knowledgeable and compassionate about my situation. Bj was very confident in himself and my case which really put me at ease at such a dramatic point in my life. I heard of abbott and abbott through a friend that highly recommended them. I was very pleased with the proceedings and the results. There were no problems that arose that he was not prepared for. His calm confidence really set the tone for the rest of my experience. These are truly good people with your best intrest at heart. A+
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Posted by anonymous | August 2, 2016
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Expert Guidance during a turbulant time
The Abbotts were thorough and fast acting when I needed them. The relationship with my partner took a turn and I needed experts to help me figure out how to handle this new and upsetting situation. They made the calls, filled out the necessary paperwork, and showed up when I needed them for an urgent aspect of my case. I cannot reccomend them highly enough.
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Posted by Antonio Bell | May 19, 2016
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Consider Wisely
During one of the worst times of my life I was forced to file divorce and seek legal council when my ex-wife made some false accusations and filed a warrant to be issued for my arrest as well as a TPO. BJ was the first lawyer to call me back and he presented to be a good option for my legal defense and in the beginning he was. During the TPO and Warrant issue he charged a reasonable flat rate and he was amazing in court. He represented me well and was able to assist me in getting both cases dropped. The only complaint I had at that point was the way he would misrepresent information to me. I went 26 days without seeing by daughter and half of that time was because BJ had a conflict and asked for our hearing to be moved. Which may have been fine if he explained it to me prior to making that call and was honest as opposed to telling me that the courts calendar rescheduled my case. The second major issue was when we finally had mediation scheduled for a friday afternoon I believe. Atlanta had been on somewhat of a inclement weather warning for a possible ice storm for the entire week. BJ decided to wait until the morning of to reschedule our mediation and had his secretary tell me that "The courts are closed due to weather" the only problem is that it was 7:00 am and the court doesn't open until 9:00 am. Something just didn't make sense; so I waited until the courts open to give them a call and they were indeed open. Then, I find out BJ doesn't want to go because he doesn't want to get stuck in traffic. I decide to go unrepresented to mediation considering he would not make it and he tries initially to block me from going and refuses to sign off on me going in by myself. Ultimately, after some push back his wife signs off on me going alone. The final straw was when he wanted to have me settle as an every other weekend Dad starting at 3 1/2 when we had discussed I wasn't going for anything less than the 45% parenting time I had already been exercising. Maybe he was tired of my case, had made enough money off of me, or was sick of me in general but I knew then it was time to go in a different direction. I then withdrew as a client and hired a new attorney who was amazing and won me both Joint physical and Legal custody as a dad, about 45-50% parenting time, and a reasonable child support number. As a father I couldnt be happier with this result. Too bad I couldnt do that with the 11,000+ I spent in 10 months with BJ. BJ charges about 450/hr and will charge you for about everything(which wasn't the case for me in the beginning but eventually changed). They charge .6 minutes for every email, phone call, to review your file(which he was to do to familiarize himself with your case), Intraoffice conferences(talking about your case with his staff), talking to the other attorney, and filing all the paperwork. It adds up very quickly. Divorces take at least a year in 9/10 cases and 10,000 dollars equals about 22.2 hours of work which he will certainly spend more time with your case. Find a lawyer that charges a FLAT RATE! In his defense there was some work he did that he didn't charge me for early on. The major issue I had with him was when he decided not to fight for my relationship with my daughter anymore. BJ is very busy and has a lot of clients which takes attention from your case. You can rarely get him on the phone and must come in to speak with him which obviously allows him to bill more( for the "30 min" it takes him to review your file). His office also has a fairly high turnover rate. Which means you will have to familiarize multiple people with your case. Overall I think BJ is a decent guy that wants to make a lot of money(like most of us). I just didn't feel like a priority when I look back on my time with his firm and that shows by the lack of progress with my case during that time. Take your time, research, and count the costs.
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Response from Robert Abbott July 27, 2016
In response to Mr. Bell's claim, which is completely unfair, there were many hours invested in his case at no charge. Mr. Bell always told me that he had the funds to keep going and he fully understood that until his retainer was paid that my firm was not going to work for free, Mr. Bell decided that he could not pay any more money and I placed his case on hold to prevent him going into further debt with my firm. The last thing I wanted him to do was to go unrepresented to mediation or trial which ultimately he demanded to do and we finally permitted as this was his decision. We were only trying to protecting him. It is unfair to portray my firm in the manner that he has. I asked him if it were fair if he were to work at his job some 20-30 hours and his boss decided not to pay him. How would he feel? He would expect to be paid for his services as did I. All should understand who hire lawyers that they cost money. Make sure that you receive, like Mr. Bell did, a complete fee agreement that lists the charges, rates ($350.00/hr. not $450.00/hr.) and specifically shows what items you will be billed for (i.e. emails, etc.). In the end, it is unfair and unreasonable to expect that any attorney will work for you for free. Mr. Bell simply did not pay for his services and that is when the work stopped..
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Posted by Karen | May 4, 2019
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Does not deliver on promises made during consultation
DO NOT RECOMMEND. At my initial consultation, I was told several things that after signing a contract with an expensive, NON REFUNDABLE retainer, turned out to be completely false. If you'd like an attorney that is uncommunicative to the point of utter uselessness, feel free to use this firm. So many aspects of my case were not discussed with me prior to executing and I am extremely dissatisfied with the results. Do not waste your time or money.
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Posted by Gary | March 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Not recommended.
I sought out this legal assistance early 2015 due to my ex-spouse filing a contempt order for past payments I was not capable of funding. (My child support was extremely high and other divorce related costs all the more so.) The first reaction was to file bankruptcy, then "see what they could do." After taking retainer, and then asking for financials all of my financials, they dropped my case right before a summons date, and subsequently charged me for the "work" done! My case history was never thoroughly reviewed, and it would easily have found that I would qualify for a post-divorce modification if they took the time! Why did I have to find this out a year later on my own? I thought legal advice was to help with ways we do not know ourselves. Anyway, with loss of time and loss of significant money, I am using Avvo to find more suitable counsel. I suggest reviewing Avvo ratings and review the comments. Thank you Avvo for your service - wish I found you earlier.
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Response from Robert Abbott July 27, 2016
Gary's case was handled appropriately by our firm. We attempted to mitigate his situation. We discussed that his case was terrible due to his past actions. Unfortunately, due to his prior actions (child support issues, etc.) we were unable to get the result that he wanted.
Posted by anonymous | October 18, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Sorely disappointed
I hired this firm to contest a subpoena served to me. They wrote a polite letter to the opposing counsel requesting it be withdrawn. The request was firmly denied and opposing counsel told us to do whatever we had to do. Abbott did nothing but side with the opposing counsel and send me a big fat bill. I would NEVER recommend Abbott and Abbott for anything. Moving on, I hired a new attorney who actually represented me and defended me with the law. I was an out of state resident, the plaintiff knew I lived out of state, the subpoena was improperly served, air fare was not tendered, the cost to miss work and fly back to GA would have caused undue hardship, and the subject matter requested was not relevant to the plaintiff's case. My new attorney immediately took action and filed the Motion to Quash and the Rule Nisi in my case.
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Response from Robert Abbott July 27, 2016
This is a fictional story. We have never represented someone with this set of facts. Either this person has confused firms or concocted a story in attempt to hurt Abbott & Abbott.
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AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Managing Partner
  • Abbott & Abbott, PC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Richard L. Moore, PC
  • 2001 - 2006


  • Oklahoma City University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Nova Southeastern University (magna cum laude)
  • Master of Science in Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • 1998
  • University of Southern Maine
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995


  • Cherokee County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Cobb County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • State Bar of Georgia
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • 10 Best Law Firms
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • “AV” Rating
  • Received “AV” Rating – Highest possible rating as selected by peers and judiciary
  • 2016
  • Rated as a “Top Lawyer” in the state of Georgia for Family law
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Listed and selected for inclusion as ‘Elite American lawyer
  • Elite American lawyer
  • 2015
  • AV Rating - Highest possible rating
  • Members of the Bar and Judiciary
  • 2014
  • "AV" Rating - Highest in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Peer Selection
  • 2013
  • Abbott & Abbott selected as Best of Atlanta Law Firms
  • Creative Loafing
  • 2012
  • One of Georgia Top Attorneys in Family Law
  • Trend Magazine
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Family Law
  • Family law course
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (0)
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Family Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse Mr. Abbott, he has a vast amount of Georgia Family Law knowledge and experience that allows him to zealously represent his clients. He is also a respectful lawyer who exhibits unwavering professionalism and courtesy to clients and colleagues alike."
Family Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. BJ is one of the best trial attorney's in the state. He is also honest and ethical. I would certainly hire BJ if I needed a lawyer to represent me in any Domestic/Family Law case."
Family Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Abbott is fiercely talented in the courtroom takes each and everyone of his client's matters very seriously, always making sure he is prepared for court and the client is up to date. I recommend Mr. Abbott's services; and as a fellow lawyer, endorse him as well!"
Family Attorney | Aug 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. BJ Abbott is one of the best trial lawyers I have ever seen in a courtroom. He advocates for his clients efficiently, respectfully and zealously. BJ Abbott knows when to try a case and when to settle a case. He works well with other attorneys and judges. He is very respected in the community and I refer him cases often because I know that my referrals will be well taken care of by him and by his staff."
Divorce and separation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. B.J. knows the law and fights hard for his clients. He has quiet self confidence which is reassuring to his clients and which tends to keep highly emotional situations manageable."
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Marietta Divorce and separation Lawyer Robert Kendall Abbott Jr.
Robert Kendall Abbott Jr.
Divorce and separation Attorney
Marietta, GA
Licensed for 22 years