Domestic Violence Lawyer in Georgia

Spousal and Child Abuse Attorney 

For more than 20 years, the law office of Jody A. Miller has represented victims of domestic violence and defended clients against allegations of domestic violence. We understand domestic abuse can produce challenges and hardship in all areas of life. We provide creative legal services to help our clients deal with these challenges.

Whether you are a victim or alleged perpetrator of domestic violence, contact us in Atlanta, Georgia, for an appointment.

What is Domestic Abuse?

Domestic abuse refers to one or more acts of violence between past and present spouses, parents of a child, parents and children, foster parents and foster children and other persons living or formerly living in the same household; the violent acts include:

  • Battery and simple battery
  • Assault and simple assault
  • Criminal damage to property
  • Criminal trespassing
  • Unlawful restraint
  • Stalking

Restraining Orders

A person who claims they are the victim of family violence may petition the Superior Court of the county of residence of the alleged perpetrator for relief. A petition for a family violence restraining order usually results in an initial meeting between the judge and the victim. If the judge believes that there is enough evidence of family violence and jurisdictional requirements have been met in this initial meeting, an immediate temporary restraining order may be issued.

A full hearing to determine whether the restraining order will continue must be held no later than 30 days after the issuance of the initial restraining order. A family violence restraining order will prevent an alleged perpetrator from contacting or going near a victim. These are serious orders and may prevent persons from seeing their children or going home. A perpetrator may face additional criminal charges if they violate such an order.

If you believe you have been a victim of domestic violence, you have options to protect yourself. Hire an attorney to file a family violence petition with the superior court alleging that violence occurred. The court has a variety of remedies to protect a person against domestic violence, including a restraining order, forced eviction of the alleged perpetrator, relocation of the victim and children, and even financial relief.

Family Violence and Divorce

Family arguments may erupt into physical altercations or threats of violence. Any allegations of domestic violence, child abuse and spousal abuse are serious and must be treated as such. Domestic violence, if proven, can have an effect on a party's rights during a divorce. If you believe you spouse or partner has perpetrated an act of domestic violence, or if you have been accused of such an act, we can help protect your rights.

The State of Georgia takes allegations of domestic violence very seriously and so should you. At the Atlanta law firm of Jody A. Miller, we represent people filing for a petition, and we also defend against these serious accusations. Contact us for advice about dealing with domestic violence.

Our firm represents clients throughout Georgia, including people in Carrolton, Jonesboro, Cartersville, Lawrenceville, and Marietta.

More Testimonials


  • Karla Adams | Senior Sourcer/Technical Recruiter

    If your looking for honesty and ethical work behavior then hire JODY. She has expert knowledge in family law and will provide you with all the answers to your questions. She is very professional! I am a client and will continue to make referrals along the way.

    ~ January 13, 2012, Karla was Jody's client ~
  • Allen Belletti | AVP Ed. Tech Engineering Innovation

    Jody did a wonderful job of sorting out the mess that I'd gotten into with my divorce. My only regret is that I didn't find her early enough to avoid the mess in the first place. If you find yourself in this sort of situation, I cannot recommend Jody highly enough!

    ~ October 26, 2010, Allen was Jody's client ~
  • Kelly Quattlebaum | Social Media Trainer, Public Speaker,...

    I have had the opportunity to network with Jody Miller for several months. Her personality, positive attitude and sense of humor have always captivated me. She is an honest, trustworthy and fair individual. She has always impressed...

    ~ July 20, 2010, Kelly was a ... ~
  • David Carter | Civil and Commercial Litigator

    I referred a client whose former divorce attorney had completely "dropped the ball" on the client's matter. Jody met with the client, developed a strategy to accomplish the client's goals, and then executed on that strategy. As a result, ...

  • Rob Stein, Esq. | Civil and Commercial Litigator

    Exceptional --- Professional --- Major Integrity --- Jody will always hold a special place in my heart ---