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Judy D. Sartain

Judy D. Sartain

Adoption Attorney
(Marietta, GA)

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor

My name is Judy Sartain and I have been practicing law in Georgia for over 25 years. During my first year of practice, I found adoption law to be very interesting. While I didn’t actively seek it out, it quickly became my favorite area of law; it’s complicated, which is the way it should be since it involves such serious matters. Forging through the different nuances of the adoption code and understanding the many scenarios that could take place requires a certain level of fortitude. It’s unlike other areas of law, and certainly not as straightforward as handling a divorce case or creating an estate plan, although certain circumstances may call for knowledge in those areas as well. The Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court have said that adoption law must be strictly construed, which means it has to be carefully and exactly followed. I happen to have the technical kind of brain required to strategize through the process, and over the last 25 years, I’ve been able to help hundreds of people create their forever family. In fact, I have finalized just over 800 adoptions. It’s a very gratifying area of the law because it’s not about the emotional part of divorce for a family, but it is all about bringing a family together.

Judy D. Sartain

Adoption Attorney
(Marietta, GA)

Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor


Beginner’s Guide To Georgia Adoption Law: How To Make The Right Decision And Move Forward
Published Date: May 2021

Beginner’s Guide To Georgia Adoption Law: How To Make The Right Decision And Move Forward

Up front, this book is strictly about Georgia adoption law. Please do not use this book as a guide about adoption law for any other State. I want this book to be available for anyone who is interested in adoption and could benefit from an overview of adoption law. It’s not meant to be an exhaustive discussion of every aspect of the law, because it’s just too complicated, but this book is meant to be more comprehensive than what people can ascertain from vague Google searches. Families take on all shapes and sizes these days, and I want to be able to help them all—whether that means discussing what type of clients I serve, how detail-oriented and precise adoption laws can be, and how important it is to navigate this landscape with the help of an adoption attorney. I want adoptive families to be able to enjoy being parents, not worry endlessly about the paperwork, like I did.