Family Law Attorney 2017-01-22T20:03:15+00:00

Do You Have Divorce Matter Case?

When divorce happens, You can reduce stress, worry, and problems by doing careful planning to protect your rights, and rights of your children.

The planning starts with getting general information online about the divorce laws in Georgia. Go to list of websites in Resources link on this webpage.

Call me to talk and get answers to your divorce matter questions.

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Your Federal Taxes: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions for Individuals of the Same Sex Who Are Married Under State Law
Provide information to individuals of the same sex who are lawfully married (same-sex spouses). The State of Georgia does not recognize same-sex marriage. Content Detail
By: IRS

About Divorce Law in Georgia (Audio/Podcast) audio

This podcast covers basic legal information about Divorce in Georgia. Mike Monahan, Pro Bono Director of the State Bar of Georgia talks with Vicky Kimbrell, Family Law Specialist Attorney from Georgia Legal Services Program. Visit GLSP.org for Kimbrell’s contact information. Read More
By: Georgia Legal Services Program®

Getting a Divorce in Georgia audio 

This document answers common questions about divorce in Georgia. Read More
By: Georgia Legal Services Program®
Read this in: Spanish / Español

How to File an Answer to a Divorce Complaint PDF

This brochure offers general information about how to properly answer a divorce petition. By filing your own answer, you will ensure that you will receive notice of the final hearing and that you will be able to tell the Court your position whether you decide to hire an attorney or represent yourself. Please be cautioned that the clerk’s office of the Superior Court must accept your answer, but the Judge has the authority to require that you hire an attorney. Content Detail
By: Georgia Legal Services Program®

Annulment of a Marriage

An annulment is when a court says your marriage is not legally valid. These web pages describe the situations in which an annulment is appropriate and explain the process for getting an annulment. Content Detail
By: Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts

Basic Marriage and Divorce Law: Ending Marriages 

This document covers basic family law relating to annulments, legal separation, and divorce, including: This document tells you the following: (1) What is an annulment? (2) What are the differences between a legal separation and a divorce? Etc. Read More
By: Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia
Read this in: Spanish / Español

Child Deprivation, Domestic Violence and Visitation doc

Powerpoint on Child Deprivation, Domestic Violence and Visitation issues. Content Detail
By: Georgia Legal Services Program®

Defenses to A Divorce

This document lists the defenses to a complaint for divorce. Read More
By: Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc

Divorce and Legal Separation

These web pages explain divorce and legal separation and the divorce process, including information about filing for divorce, following the rules and procedures, the process for the hearing, and the final divorce decree. If your spouse has ever threatened you, physically harmed you, or you have ever been afraid of your spouse, you should talk to an attorney or call 1-800-33-HAVEN BEFORE you file any divorce forms. You could be in danger and need a plan for your safety. Taking any action to separate or divorce may put you in danger! Content Detail
By: Georgia Administrative Office of the Courts

Divorce – State Bar of Georgia Consumer Pamphlet

The increase in divorce has its effect, directly or indirectly, on virtually every family in the country. The following information is designed to summarize briefly Georgia’s divorce laws. Content Detail
By: State Bar of Georgia

Can I represent myself in a divorce?

A brief audio explanation … Content Detail
By: Georgia Legal Services Program®

Divorce (Answers to Common Questions)

This document contains answers to questions many people ask about divorce. Read More
By: Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc
Read this in: Spanish / Español

How long does it take to get a divorce?

A brief audio explanation … Content Detail
By: Georgia Legal Services Program®

How to Get a Divorce

This document walks you through the process for getting a divorce. If your spouse has ever threatened you, physically harmed you, or you have ever been afraid of your spouse, you should talk to an attorney or call 1-800-33-HAVEN BEFORE you file any divorce forms. You could be in danger and need a plan for your safety. Taking any action to separate or divorce may put you in danger! Read More
By: Atlanta Legal Aid Society Inc

I have not seen my spouse for years and I do not know where my spouse is. How do I get a divorce?

A brief audio explanation … Content Detail
By: Georgia Legal Services Program®

Divorce: How To File

Divorces are filed in the Superior Court of the County. Generally it the county in which the other party lives. It can take anywhere from one month to several months or years to be granted, depending on the number of questions about alimony, child custody, and child support to be decided in the case.

What You Should Know:

  • Filing a divorce is rarely easy. While you can go about the proceedings on your own, you should still consult a family law attorney. Lawyers often see trouble areas that you won’t recognize at first and push divorce proceedings along more efficiently.
  • Collect tax returns, deeds, bankruptcy petitions and all other documents related to joint finances.
  • Start keeping a monthly budget. When you present your case to the court, you’ll need documentation that shows how much on average you spend on things such as groceries and utility bills. A well-organized budget strongly supports a case that you’ll need a certain amount of money every month in child support and alimony.

FAQs:

How do I file for a divorce?

Write a complaint, or petition, that describes your current living situation, the arrangements you’ve made for your children, the state of your shared assets and debts, and the specific problems that led you to file for a divorce.

When writing the complaint, you don’t have to detail how much money you want in child support and alimony, and you don’t need to list every grievance. You just need to explain clearly the major issues involved in the marriage.

File your complaint at the Superior Court in your spouse’s county of residence. If your spouse has moved away from Georgia, you can file the complaint at the Superior Court in your own county.

How long will it take for the court to grant my divorce?

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of separation, the court can grant your divorce in a little more than a month. However, if you and your spouse do not agree, the process may take several months or even years.

How do courts grant child custody?

The courts favor the best interests of the children, and so the parent who uses the best judgment in caring and planning for the children wins legal custody. If both parents share equally in care taking, courts may grant joint legal custody and joint physical custody.

It’s always best if you and your spouse can work to agree on custody issues, even after the court sets a custody plan for your case.

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