Divorce affects all aspects of your life. There are many areas of concern when contemplating divorce such as how much time you will spend with your children, how will your property be affected, and the state of your finances once a divorce has been finalized. Having the right legal representation for you is very crucial throughout the entire process. With J. G. Boyd Law, LLC as your legal representative during your divorce in Georgia, you are choosing a dedicated family law attorney with years of experience. We do more than just litigate; we negotiate where possible with the aim of helping our clients reach their desired goals.
When both parties are unable to reach an agreement on their own, the legal system must intervene. Typically, one party files divorce papers and then serves them on their spouse. Due to the necessity for pleadings, discovery, motions, typically a temporary hearing, mediation, and potentially a trial, contested divorces take substantially longer and cost much more. This procedure will continue until a final judgment is made by a court or a settlement is achieved. A settlement saves both parties a lot of time and energy, but it is not always possible. While it is usually preferable to avoid going to court, J.G. Boyd Law takes each case with confidence and is never afraid to attend the courtroom if necessary.
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses have reached an agreement and filed a joint divorce petition. When both parties have agreed ahead of time, these types are often easier, cheaper, and faster. Child custody, child support, marital asset split, and alimony are all issues on which they must agree. Although there are usually no court hearings in these sorts of divorces, having legal representation is always helpful in ensuring a fair arrangement is achieved. Our team is more than capable of advising you and your spouse in the interest of keeping things fair for all parties.
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Though it is not required that you have an attorney in your divorce, When filing for a divorce, numerous documents must be submitted, and different counties may necessitate distinct forms. Hence, it is always advisable to engage an attorney to represent you. It is never a good idea to try to represent yourself in any legal proceeding.
In Georgia, assets are divided equitably rather than equally. This implies that property distribution may not be divided evenly. After evaluating various factors, the court will determine a fair distribution of assets.
While it’s theoretically possible to obtain a divorce in Georgia within 31 days, the actual duration for an uncontested divorce is between one to two months from the filing date to receiving the final decree. In contrast, a contested divorce in Georgia can last from six months up to several years.
Statements made by you, photos, videos or other documentary evidence. Text messages that provide proof of any relevant fact or issue, hidden (burner) cell phones with evidence of wrongdoing and social media posts and communications can be presented as evidence as well.
Georgia courts do not have a specific formula or calculation to decide on alimony. Instead, they assess the “needs” and “ability to pay” of the parties involved, along with the duration of the marriage, and some other important factors to determine whether alimony is appropriate.
Alimony payments in Georgia are terminated by the remarriage of the recipient spouse.
Unlike numerous other states, Georgia does not impose a legal prerequisite for you to live apart before obtaining a divorce. It’s not uncommon for couples to inhabit the same dwelling for a brief period while preparing for a divorce.
In Georgia, you need to be lawfully “separated” before initiating a divorce. However, this doesn’t imply that you or your spouse must vacate the marital home. According to Georgia law, you only need to discontinue “marital relations” with the intention of getting divorced.
As Georgia is not a no-fault state for divorce, dating other individuals or a single person while still married is deemed adultery, a basis for fault. Generally, post-separation dating is not as heavily frowned upon, but you will need to be able to establish that you are indeed separated.
In general, the parent with primary physical custody holds the final decision-making authority. In most divorces, the Court can issue a temporary order addressing custody and other issues during the pendency of the divorce. That said, if the parties are not in agreement, the Court will make the determination.
Financial support that an individual is court-ordered to provide to their spouse during separation or after divorce.
The court in Georgia can order alimony for a temporary and/or permanent duration.