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In Georgia, an uncontested divorce means the two individuals do not blame the other for inflicting any wrong, but they agree that the marriage is irreconcilable. Typically, these divorces are filed under Georgia’s “no-fault” ground. This type of divorce does not require lawyer representation in Georgia. However, the couple must resolve how to divide property, handle debts, decide child custody, pay child support, and consider whether alimony is to be paid.
An uncontested divorce contemplates a desire by both parties to end a marriage agreeably. You and your spouse must agree on a written plan concerning alimony, child custody, child support, and property division before asking for the judge’s approval. In addition, the written plan and agreements must be property prepared under Georgia Law, the Superior County rules and the local county rules.
To file an Atlanta Georgia uncontested divorce, you can either hire an attorney who will represent you in court with preparation for your case or you can represent yourself by filling out the required forms. However, the vast majority of couples wanting to file an uncontested divorce that involves any of the following: minor children, child support, custody, alimony, assets, debts or any complex asset or debt issues is advised to hire an experienced competent attorney to help in the process. Furthermore, while not apparent until the parties may find their selves in front of a judge, the best intentioned agreement put in writing by the parties can rejected by the court and rewritten by the judge. The best way to avoid this is with the use of competent experienced legal representation early in the divorce process.
To file an uncontested divorce, you must complete and file the courts mandated forms, which include but are not limited to: Complaint for Divorce, Settlement Agreement and several related supporting forms. In addition, if the case involves minor children the following pleadings are required: Comprehensive Proposed Parenting Plan, Child Support Addendum and Child Support Worksheet(s). Also, both parents are generally required to complete an on-line (internet based) or in-person parenting seminar – and proof that the courses have been completed must be filed with the court.
Any couple with children must decide on both legal and physical custody, and both custodies will be either joint or sole. The official settlement terms and pleadings to be filed in an uncontested case must be notarized before filing with the Superior Court and paying the appropriate Georgia county’s required filing fees. The estimated process time is a minimum of thirty one days but some cases will take longer to be finalized.
While you can complete an uncontested divorce independently, an attorney could prove to be immensely supporting through several functions. An attorney could serve as a mediator between couples that might still have remaining tension or communication difficulties, and assist negotiating statements through peaceful collaboration. To assure thorough document completion, an attorney can prepare the necessary paperwork and guide the couple through a more structured, organized procedure.
In an Atlanta Georgia uncontested divorce, a “Collaborative Divorce” is also one option, where both persons each have a representing attorney so that the four may work together to reach agreements. However, if negotiations fail, both individuals must hire different lawyers to handle the court case, so the incentive to settle is generally strong on all parties.
Our Atlanta Georgia uncontested divorce lawyers and attorneys handle cases in the following cities and communities: Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton, Cumming, Marietta, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Gainseville, Midtown Atlanta, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Kennesaw, Duluth, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Vinings, and Smyrna.
Our Atlanta Georgia uncontested divorce attorneys frequently handle cases for clients residing in the following counties: Fulton, Gwinnett, Forsyth, Cobb, DeKalb, Henry, Cherokee, Douglas, Carroll, Coweta, Paulding, Bartow, Hall, Barrow, Walton, Newton, Rockdale, Henry, Spalding, Fayette and Clayton.
Coleman Legal Group, LLC’s Atlanta Georgia lawyers practice in the areas of Divorce, Family Law, Immigration, Bankruptcy and Business Law. We have two convenient offices located at:
Alpharetta Georgia Office
5755 North Point Parkway
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Atlanta Georgia Office
659 Auburn Avenue Northeast
Atlanta, GA 30312
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