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The Divorce Process in Georgia

What to Expect When Facing a Divorce in Georgia 

Divorce can be one of the most stressful periods in your life. In addition to the emotional drain it causes, the uncertainty of what lies ahead adds to the stress you are facing. While the "big four" issues in a divorce (custody, child support, alimony and equitable division of assets) are addressed throughout the site, a client's understanding of the divorce process helps them gain the necessary knowledge to know what to expect when initiating a divorce. Below is a general guideline of the divorce process. While it is important to understand the overall divorce process, it is equally important to have an experienced Georgia divorce attorney at Hobson & Hobson, P.C. to help you understand all options and the course of action best suited to your unique circumstances.

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Contested v. Uncontested

There are two types of divorce - Contested and Uncontested Divorce. If you are thinking about filing for divorce, one of the first questions an attorney will ask you is whether your divorce is going to be contested or uncontested. Often, the answer to that question is not simple.

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 divorce. Georgia 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 divorce & custody lawyer to review the terms of any agreement so that you get the outcome you seek. In particular, an uncontested divorce with minor children requires unique legal pleadings that must comply with strict Georgia Child Support Guidelines. Moreover, most counties require parties to file an executed Final Judgment Decree of Divorce, which will incorporate a Settlement Agreement, Parenting Plan, Child Support Worksheet, and Child Support Addendum, all of which must strictly comply with applicable statutes.