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Patty Shewmaker has an active practice in all areas of family law including divorce litigation, modification of custody, alimony and child support, contempt actions and legitimations and paternity suits.


Patty also specializes in dividing qualified retirement plans incident to divorce and legal separation, including pensions under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), military pensions, private pensions, 401(k)s, Thrift Savings Plans (TSPs), and other qualified retirement plans.


Patty also has extensive experience with cross jurisdictional family law litigation. She represents clients whose cases span across multiple states and foreign countries, be it a divorce, custody action, or a modification. Patty is well versed in the special jurisdictional requirements of the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA) and the Uniform Family Support Act (UFSA).

Patty attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York where she earned a bachelor of science in political science and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in Military Intelligence. Patty served seven (7) years on active duty in the United States Army and three (3) years in the Georgia Army National Guard. Patty deployed as a Company Commander of a Counterintelligence Company in support of OPERATIONS IRAQI FREEDOM and OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM. Patty received the Bronze Star Medal for her service in a combat theater of operations. With her extensive military background and understanding the unique issues that confront military families, Patty represents many military service members in family law issues.


Patty is a member in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. Patty is also a member of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia, and she is a member of the executive committee of the Military and Veterans Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia. Patty is also a member of the American Bar Association, the DeKalb Bar Association, and a member of the Class of 2012 of Leadership DeKalb. Patty earned her law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law where she graduated with honors.


A native of Nebraska, Patty is admitted to practice with the State Bar of Georgia, the Georgia Court of Appeals, the Georgia Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia.


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Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 100%



Retainer (always)

Payment types:

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  • Ellaretha Coleman

    I endorse this lawyer. Patti and I worked as opposing counsels on a contentious contempt matter. While we were on opposing sides of the table, she was very easy to work with and professional at every step. she has additionally been a great resource to me on other matters.


    Ellaretha Coleman Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

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    Denise Vanlanduyt Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Shewmaker & Shewmaker LLC

2845 Henderson Mill Rd NE
Atlanta, GA, 30341


GAActive Member in Good Standing 200907/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Marshall-Tuttle AwardState Bar of Georgia2014
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerShewmaker & Shewmaker, LLC2012 - Present
AttorneyLynch & Shewmaker, LLC2009 - 2012
Association namePosition nameDuration
Institute of Continuing Legal Education - GeorgiaBoard Member2014 - Present
Military and Veterans Law Section of the Georgia State BarMember2010 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
DeKalb Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
American Journal of Family LawMilitary Nuances in Domestic Violence Cases2014
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgia State University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2008
United States Military AcademyPolitical ScienceBS - Bachelor of Science1995
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Spring Family Law ConferenceDomestic Violence and the Military2015
Presentation to Alaska AttorneysServicemembers' Civil Relief Act2014
Fulton County ADR TrainingMilitary Family Law Issues2014
Alaska Superior Court Judges ConferenceMilitary Family Law Issues2014
Georgia Superior Court Judges ConferenceSocial Security Benefits in Family Law2013
Fulton County Judges TrainingMilitary Family Law Issues2013
Alaska Magistrate Judges ConferenceMilitary Family Law Issues2013
Advanced Family Law CLEDividing Retirement Benefits2013
ABA Family Law ConferenceDomestic Violence and the Military2013
VA Accreditation SymposiumCo-Chair2012
Family Law ClassSpecial Issues in Military Divorce2012
CLEUniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act2012
Alabama Domestic Relations Judges RetreatMilitary Issues in Domestic Relations Cases2012
Family Law InstituteSpecial Issues in Military Divorce2011