Patty Shewmaker, a native of Nebraska, 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 earned her law degree from the Georgia State University College of Law where she
graduated with honors. She 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 including
international child abduction cases under the Hague Convention. 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 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. She 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 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.