What You Need To Know About The Divorce Process

Your divorce may be straightforward or very complex depending on many factors. One thing is certain: With an experienced lawyer on your side, you can give yourself the best chance of moving beyond these tough times to a brighter future. At Lise S. Kaplan, LLC, our Macon-based law firm has been there for people during some of life's biggest challenges. We take people through each step of the divorce process. While everyone's divorce will have its own unique factors, the information below is a summary of the process.

Grounds For Divorce And Residency Requirements

A couple cannot file for divorce in Georgia unless one spouse has lived in the state for at least six months or Georgia was the most recent state where the couple lived. Secondly, although Georgia does allow for fault in divorce, most divorces are filed because the marriage is "irretrievably broken."

For more answers about divorce and family law, we invite you to view our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Getting A Divorce In Georgia: Is Your Divorce Contested Or Uncontested?

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce (child custody and visitation, property division, alimony, child support), you can file an uncontested divorce. While an uncontested divorce may take significantly less time and will not be as complicated as a contested divorce, it is still wise to involve an attorney. People often do not fully understand the effects of certain provisions that are frequently included in divorce agreements and later regret not having had their documents reviewed by a family law attorney prior to the agreement becoming part of a court order. We can review your documentation and make sure that you aren't making decisions you will later regret.

Resolving Your Issues Through Litigation, Negotiation Or Mediation

If there are any disagreements between you and your spouse, your divorce is contested. A contested divorce begins with filing and serving a complaint for divorce. Your divorce can proceed through litigation and trial, with the judge deciding property child custody, visitation, and a judge or jury deciding other parts of your divorce.

Due to the expense, time and uncertain nature of litigation, many divorces are resolved through negotiations between the parties. In some cases, mediation may lead to settlement of the case. In an attempt to save money and give our clients more control over the outcome of their divorce, we generally try to resolve matters through negotiations or mediation. If the other party is not reasonable, however, we will proceed with litigation as necessary to conclude the divorce.

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