Contested & Uncontested Divorce
If you are considering filing for divorce in Georgia or are already immersed in the proceedings, you need the advice of a confident and experienced family law attorney who can provide you with a realistic assessment of your case. The Williams Firm, P.C. is dedicated to realistically assessing your situation and determining the best course of action to take in order to resolve your divorce matter as efficiently and effectively as possible. While a vast majority of divorce actions settle, some must be tried to a conclusion. The Williams Firm, P.C. is confident and experienced in the serious work of the preparation and execution of a complex divorce trial.
Regardless of the issues in your divorce, your first step is to sit down with a family law attorney to discuss your situation. We can help you understand the legal process, determine your goals for the outcome of the divorce and design a strategy that can help achieve this outcome. The Williams Firm, P.C. will address all matters related to your divorce, including:
– Parental rights
– Property valuation
– Community property division
– Protection of your separate assets
If you are thinking about filing for divorce or are already involved in a divorce proceeding, and your relationship with your ex-spouse is combative or bitter, you want an experienced lawyer to guide you through the process. A contested divorce proceeding can easily devolve into needless conflict, costing you significant time and money. You want an attorney who can keep you on track, effectively and efficiently handling all legal matters while you focus on moving forward with your life.
If your marriage is over and you have a cooperative relationship with your ex-spouse, you may think it unnecessary to hire legal counsel to finalize your un-contested divorce. The laws, however, are more complex than you might imagine. Even though you may be able to agree on all or most issues, you want an experienced Atlanta divorce lawyer to review the terms of any agreement so that you get the outcome you seek.
You are not alone in the divorce process. The Williams Firm, P.C. legal team is committed to providing you with the highest quality of legal services designed to meet the individual needs and requirements of your case.
Contact our office to learn more about how we can help you through this difficult time. We are dedicated to ensuring that your rights are preserved and that your voice is heard.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to get a divorce in Georgia?
You can finalize a divorce as little as 31 days after service. Georgia does not require a waiting period for divorce.
Am I entitled to alimony?
Alimony is based on one party's financial needs and the other party's ability to pay, as well as conduct issues. Realistically speaking, alimony these days is intended to be rehabilitative in nature, to provide the requesting spouse with an opportunity to become gainfully employed and/or to increase his or her earning potential. Some judges are more likely to award spousal support than others, so it helps if your attorney is familiar with your assigned judge.
How are our assets divided?
Georgia is an equitable division property state. Equitable division means whatever is fair and reasonable under the circumstances; it does not necessarily mean an equal division of "marital" assets between spouses, although more often than not, most assets are divided somewhere in the range of 50/50. There are numerous factors the court will consider to determine what is fair and reasonable under the circumstances
Does every case have to go to trial?
No. The vast majority of cases, including family law matters, are resolved without a trial, through agreement of the spouses, negotiations by their attorneys, or mediation. If the spouses cannot agree, even after being prodded to do so by attorneys, mediators, and the court, a trial is necessary.
What is family court?
It is a court devoted to handling only family law cases.
What is child custody?
Custody is a legal determination of how the parties care and make decisions for minor children. There are two types of custody: Legal and Physical. Legal custody determines which parent(s) will participate in making major decisions affecting the children, such as decisions about the children’s education, healthcare and well-being. Physical custody involves who will care for the children on a day-to-day basis.
What factors can be used to decide custody?
Ideally, the parties to a divorce are able to reach a mutually agreeable out of court marital settlement agreement that includes custody and visitation with any minor children of the marriage. When it becomes clear an agreement is not forthcoming, a court will have to decide using a “best interest of the child” standard.
How is child support calculated?
Child support is calculated based upon guidelines that are established by the state. Generally, child support guidelines take into account the incomes of the parties, the number of days each party has the child, and other expenses related to the child, such as health care and daycare costs. Although each state has set guidelines, the Court may deviate from the guidelines at its discretion.
What is alimony?
Alimony is generally a support payment by one spouse to the other spouse. Alimony is generally not available to a spouse who caused the dissolution of the marriage by adultery or desertion. Alimony may be paid in a one-time lump sum, periodic payments for a limited time or until the receiving spouse dies or remarries. Alimony is awarded to either spouse in accordance with the needs of the spouse and the ability of the other spouse to pay
What is “Joint Legal Custody”?
Joint legal custody means that both parents have the right to make decisions affecting the children such as education, medical, religious, extra-curricular and so on.
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