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You do not have to face divorce and family law issues alone. We will be at your side fighting for you through the entire process. Our Georgia divorce lawyers and family law attorneys have helped hundreds of clients facing what is likely one of the most stressful times of their lives – and we can help you too.
Coleman Legal Group, LLC’s Georgia divorce lawyers and family law attorneys have extensive experience involving the following matters:
Georgia Uncontested Divorce | Georgia Contested Divorce | Child Support | Spousal Support | Alimony | Division of Property | Division of Debt | Mediation | Arbitration | Depositions | Trials | Child Custody and Visitation | More >>
Men and Father’s Divorce Issues
Men are often confronted with divorce when they least expect it. Several studies show that the proportion of divorces initiated by women ranged around sixty percent (60%) for most of the 20th century and climbed to more than seventy percent (70%) in the late 1960′s when no-fault divorce became more available. Furthermore, in addition to usually being the party served with a divorce rather than filing the case, men face several unique issues and challenges in a divorce case.
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Women and Mother’s Divorce Issues
It is not uncommon for a woman filing a divorce to do a lot of pre-planning in regard to moving assets, separating accounts, lining up witnesses and making plans with friends and family to obtain affidavits to use in court. Women frequently make plans well in advance of filing divorce to get alimony, child support and child custody as soon as possible at a temporary hearing. Furthermore, women seeking divorce have usually make a list of assets they want before even meeting with their attorney.
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What You Need To Know About Your Divorce
In speaking with hundreds of people seeking divorce and working in several Superior Courts and in front of several Judges, we attempt to shine light on some of the common misconceptions and confusing contradictions faced in getting divorced in Georgia.
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Uncontested Divorce in Georgia
An uncontested divorce is a case where both spouses agree on all legally required aspects of the divorce. In an uncontested divorce, the husband and wife agree on how to divide all of their property (assets) and of the debts of the marriage. If the husband and wife have minor children, they will also agree on the child custody, visitation and child support amounts. Finally, the parties will also agree if any amount of spousal support or alimony is to be paid.
Once the parties agree on all of the above terms, they are ready to sign a Georgia uncontested divorce settlement agreement (along with several other related forms) setting forth the terms of the big five divorce issues:
Once the husband and wife have signed all of the divorce paperwork, our Georgia divorce lawyers can file the documents with the appropriate Georgia Superior Court and request the court grant a judgment for divorce. This can often be done without the parties even having to go to court. However, this process is much easier when using an experienced divorce attorney. An uncontested finalized divorce can usually be granted in less than sixty (60) days.
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Contested Divorce in Georgia
In a contested divorce, the parties disagree on one or more terms of the divorce – or the defendant cannot be found. When this happens, the person seeking the divorce is left with only one option - the filing a “complaint” with the court. In Georgia, a contested divorce can only be obtained through a court proceeding (Specifically in Superior Court). A copy of this complaint is served on the other spouse, usually by the sheriff or private process server. If the spouse cannot be found and served, then service by publication may be an option. The spouse who has been served with a complaint should consult a lawyer as soon as possible for help answering and possibly contesting statements in the complaint. The formal, written “answer” to the complaint is due with thirty (30) days of service of the complaint.
The disagreements that lead to a contested divorces in Georgia often involve one or more of the following issues:
In a contested case, the parties must resolve by settlement the issues out of court – or a judge will make the final decisions for the parties. The advantages of settling are that both parties will have significant input to the final divorce agreement. However, if a judge decides the final issues – the parties lose a great deal of control over the final result. Sometimes it is worth letting the court decide the issues, especially if the other party is being very unreasonable. However, two reasonable minded people can usually come to an agreement that makes both parties happier than what they might have gotten in a court trial.
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Georgia Areas We Serve
Coleman Legal Group, LLC’s divorce and family law attorneys handle cases in the following cities and communities: Atlanta, Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek, Milton, Cumming, Marietta, Sandy Springs, Woodstock, Kennesaw, Gainseville, Norcross, Lawrenceville, Midtown, Inman Park, Duluth, Buckhead, Dunwoody, Vinings, Smyrna, Covington, Conyers, Newborn, Mansfield, Oxford, Social Circle, Porterdale and Starrsville.
Our divorce and family law 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, Newton, Walton, Rockdale and Clayton.
Coleman Legal Group, LLC’s 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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