What to Expect
In even an uncontested divorce you can expect a wide range of strong emotions. As your divorce attorney, part of our job is to help you to make logical decisions at a time when you may not be thinking clearly. Sometimes people opt for an uncontested divorce to save money or a desire to “just get it over with”. This short-sided way of thinking can lead to agreeing to conditions that will haunt you for a very long time. Call us for a FREE CONSULTATION to learn more.
A Warning to You
From the moment your fights started including the word “divorce” your actions and words may be recorded or otherwise documented. You need to restrain yourself from displays of anger, inappropriate behaviors and certainly any acts of aggression or violence. This is a time when you need to be on your absolute best behavior. One seemingly simple mistake can cost you a lot.
Temporary Orders are almost a certainty when you file for divorce. There is a need to clarify where each spouse will live, how much access they may have to their home or possessions, child custody and visitation and more. If your divorce is especially nasty you may need a restraining order or Temporary Protective Order to protect yourself.
In Georgia, when spouses are living separately, either spouse may petition the court for child support or spousal support without having filed for divorce. The other party will be notified of such a petition, and the judge can grant a support order, which is legally enforceable, and subject to contempt charges if disobeyed.
In a mediated divorce, the spouses agree to an amicable dissolution of the marriage and utilize a third party (mediator) to facilitate the discussions and negotiations on the terms of the divorce. Couples who have the civility to utilize mediator are the most likely to have the lowest costs for divorce and the lowest levels of anger or frustration as they work through the divorce process.