Divorce is emotional. It can be the most difficult time of your life. You need an attorney you can trust to advise, assist and advocate for you. If you feel you can't continue in your marriage, you're unhappy, you are experiencing financial issues, your spouse may be involved with someone else, you are fearful your spouse may hurt you, consultation with an experienced family law attorney is imperative. "Do it yourself divorce" is a receipe for disaster.
The following is a brief overview of the divorce process:
1. To get a divorce the parties must be separated and at least one partner must have lived in Georgia for 6 months before the divorce case is filed.
2. A formal complaint for divorce must be filed in the proper Superior Court.
3. A divorce will not be granted until all of the issues related to the marriage are resolved. This includes:
a.) Child Support
c.) Division of marital property and debt
These issues can be settled if the parties can agree on them. A Separation Agreement is signed and filed with the court and the court approves it, incorporating it into the Divorce Decree.
If the parties can agree on some, but not all of these concerns, mediation can be an invaluable tool to reach a compromise which in turn, can be made part of the Separation Agreement.
If no agreement can be reached the Judge or jury will make all of the decisions necessary to terminate the marriage and settle the support, custody and property issues. Click here for answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Divorce.