Divorce can be one of the most stressful and emotionally draining events in a person’s life. Although it may be difficult for you and your spouse to see eye-to-eye, setting those differences aside can create a more straightforward and less expensive outcome. If you are facing a divorce, contact us, and we can advise you of the most prudent steps to take.
If you and your spouse are considering divorce, there are some technicalities in the Georgia law that you should be aware of. To be eligible to file for divorce in Georgia, you or your spouse must have lived within the state for at least six (6) months, though exceptions are possible for active duty military personnel.
When looking at reasons to end a marriage, there are four major aspects that the legal system takes into consideration: alimony, child custody, child support and equitable division of marital property.
An uncontested divorce indicates that the parties have reached an agreement regarding all four of these items, and is viewed as the most favorable approach. General guidelines for how both parties wish to resolve a divorce are helpful, but in order to be classified as uncontested, every detail of the arrangement must be agreed upon by both parties. If there are any unresolved issues at the time of filing, the process will move forward as a contested divorce.
Whenever possible, it is strongly advised that both parties work to resolve their issues early in the process and without the need for court intervention. Pursuing a contested divorce can be expensive, with costs growing exponentially in long, drawn out cases. It is not uncommon for one or both parties to waste some of their marital assets in the process.
If you and your spouse are unable to reach an agreement, and your divorce is contested, you may be able to avoid additional expense by working things out in mediation.
Sometimes, it is possible to work things out on your own. But in most cases, it is still worthwhile to seek legal counsel so that both parties can better understand your divorce agreement, and keep the process as streamlined as possible.
From pre-divorce negotiations to full jury trials, Family Law attorneys Trinity Hundredmark and Patrick McDonough have the experience to make the process easier for you and your family. They are committed to helping their clients reach the best possible outcome, especially when there are children involved. Contact Trinity Hundredmark or Patrick McDonough for a private case evaluation.