Douglas W. Lewis, Lawrenceville Divorce, Custody, and Family Law Attorney
GWINNETT COUNTY JUVENILE COURT – GWINNETT CONTESTED CUSTODY CASES
Gwinnett County Juvenile Court is located at 115 Stone Mountain Street, Lawrenceville, Georgia. The same building is also home to Gwinnett Recorder's Court.
There are currently three Gwinnett County Juvenile Court judges: Hon. Robert V. Rodatus, Hon. Stephen E. Franzen, and Hon. Robert Waller.
There are some contested custody cases that are transferred from Gwinnett County Superior Court to Gwinnett County Juvenile Court. These contested custody cases are usually part of a divorce, modification, legitimation, or paternity case. Once those cases are transferred the first course of action is usually the court sending out a notice of the date of the pre-trial conference and will often include an Order Appointing a Guardian ad Litem in the case. Not all contested custody cases transferred from Gwinnett Superior Court will have a Guardian ad Litem appointed, but most do.
Generally speaking a Guardian ad Litem is an attorney that represents the minor child or children in the pending case. Gwinnett Juvenile Court has a Guardian ad Litem Unit which currently consists of six (6) attorneys who serve as Guardians ad Litem in Juvenile Court cases. Presently there is no fee charged to the parties for a Guardian ad Litem in a Juvenile Court case.
The parties and their attorneys must appear before the assigned judge at the time of the pre-trial conference. During the pre-trial conference a consolidated pre-trial order will be completed which will set out certain deadlines for discovery and filing lists of witnesses. The parties will each have to file their Domestic Relations Financial Affidavits (DRFAs) with the court. Usually the trial date will be set in the pre-trial order as well. In most cases the judge will want the parties and their attorneys (and the guardian ad litem if one is appointed) to meet after the pre-trial conference is over in order to schedule a mediation session. Presently there is no fee charged to the parties for the mediation session.
Gwinnett Juvenile Court is located on the third floor and must be accessed by the elevator on the main lobby. There is ample free parking on site. Vending machines are located on the first floor.
If you have a custody case that is being transferred to Gwinnett County Juvenile Court and you have questions, then please do not hesitate to immediately call attorney Doug Lewis at 770-682-3765 for a free initial telephone consultation.
Lawrenceville Attorney Douglas W. Lewis has over twenty years of experience in Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Metro area handling divorce and child custody cases, family law cases, personal injury cases, criminal defense, civil litigation cases and estate planning matters. If you have any questions please call the Lawrenceville office for a free initial phone consultation or to schedule an office consultation. You can contact attorney Doug Lewis by telephone at 770-682-3765, via email. Client reviews can be found on Mr. Lewis' Google + page and on his website.