About Attorney, Mediator & Coach Julie Ernst (Formerly Ernst-Fortin)

Attorney Mediator Julie Ernst has been practicing family law in Georgia since 1994. She is licensed to practice in Georgia, Virginia and the United States District Court. She has personally filed several hundred uncontested divorces on behalf of her clients. With offices in Atlanta in Fulton County, and Peachtree Corners/Norcross in Gwinnett County, and the ability to handle all client contact without clients coming to the office if they choose, Attorney Ernst handles uncontested divorces in the Atlanta area and across Georgia. She understands different courts and judges have specific preferences about how divorces are completed. Her experience means faster service with less stress.  

Experienced Divorce Mediator

Registered with Georgia's Office of Dispute Resolution since 1999, Attorney Mediator Julie Ernst has mediated thousands of cases in the the courts, privately and online. Due to over 400 hours of advanced mediation training, she is approved by the State to mediate civil, domestic relations, domestic violence, juvenile and deprivation cases.  As a litigation attorney, she has counseled clients through numerous successful mediations. She is approved to mediate court-referred cases in Clayton, Cobb, Dekalb, Fulton and Gwinnett Counties, as well as counties in the Sixth (Upson, Pike, Spalding, Monroe, Lamar, Henry, Fayette and Butts Counties), Seventh (Walker, Polk, Paulding, Haralson, Gordon, Floyd, Douglas, Dade, Chattooga, Catoosa and Bartow Counties), Ninth (White, Union, Towns, Stephens, Rabun, Pickens, Lumpking, Hall, Habersham, Gilmer, Forsyth, Fannin, Dawson and Cherokee Counties) and Tenth (Walton, Richmond, Oglethorpe, Oconee, Madison, Hart, Franklin, Elbert, Clarke, Columbia and Burke Counties) Districts of Georgia. She mediates privately with traditional and same-sex couples wanting to file an uncontested divorce. As a registered arbitrator, she settles disputes arising out of mediated agreements and division of personal property in divorce actions. 

Experienced Family Lawyer

Prior to her own private practice, Attorney Ernst was supervising attorney for Georgia Legal Services Program, where she represented clients and supervised attorneys in a 24-county North Georgia area in divorce, custody, bankruptcy, government benefits, health care, employment, education, estate planning and housing cases. As staff attorney she litigated divorces, custody and child support cases. As Assistant Public Defender of the Northern Judicial District of Georgia, she handled all juvenile court cases assigned to the office from Elbert, Oconee, Hart, Oglethorpe and Madison Counties. In doing so, she litigated juvenile crimes and represented parents in deprivation custody cases. Attorney Ernst has had specialized training in domestic violence, juvenile and family law.

Attorney Ernst graduated from Georgia State University's College of Law in 1994, and Miami University in 1989. She has trained professionals and lawyers in mediation, coached and judged high school and college mock trial competitions. Attorney Ernst helped raise $50,000, walked 240 miles and acted as media spokesperson to fight against breast cancer. She holds a Certificate in Positive Psychology, received formal training as a life and weight coach by The Life Coach School, and is divorced and remarried, a mother of three, stepmom of two, and grandmother of three (so far!).