Atlanta Georgia Uncontested Divorce Lawyers and Attorneys
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Coleman Legal Group, LLC
Our experienced team of Atlanta Georgia uncontested divorce lawyers have been helping make the complexities of divorce easier to understand for hundreds of clients for over fifteen years. Call 770-609-1247 to speak with an experienced Georgia uncontested divorce attorney now to get more information.
At Coleman Legal Group, we understand that divorce is very stressful and life altering. However, we will be with you every step of the way. We will not take what should be an uncontested divorce and try to turn it into an overblown expensive prolonged contested matter. There are attorneys that try to do this on a routine basis, so use your instincts and choose the firm that put your interests first. Our attorneys at Coleman Legal Group, LLC are also very experienced contested divorce litigation attorneys – and will be able to deftly, effectively and aggressively represent you should your spouse ultimately refuse to agree to an uncontested divorce. Coleman Legal Group, LLC’s attorneys practice in the area of uncontested divorce, contested divorce and all aspects of family law.
What exactly is an Uncontested Divorce in Atlanta Georgia?
An uncontested divorce is a divorce case where the parties are in agreement to all the terms of the divorce before the case is filed. In a truly uncontested divorce, both parties are willing to sign all of the unnecessary pleadings and agreements needed for filing the uncontested divorce with the court. In addition, the divorce will be based on a claim made by the plaintiff (the person filing the case) of irreconcilable differences.
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The documents included in an Atlanta Georgia uncontested divorce filing include, but are not limited to:
- Complaint: The document filed in the court officially asking for a divorce.
- Verification: A notarized documents attesting to the accuracy of the claims made in the complaint by the person seeking the divorce.
- Summons: The document giving notice of the divorce and the time limit to respond.
- Acknowledgement of Service: A document signed by the other party in a divorce that is an admission that he/her has officially received the request for the divorce (complaint).
- Consent to Try After Thirty-One (31) Days: A document executed by the parties that allows the court to expedite the divorce – rather than waiting the normal six (6) months or more.
- Motion for Judgment on Pleadings: A document filed with the court requesting that the court grant the divorce without anyone having to go to court and testify.
- Settlement Agreement: A document signed by both parties and filed with the court outlining the entire divorce agreement of the parties (with the exception of child support and child custody).
- Proposed Order / Decree of Divorce: A document submitted to the court to be signed by a judge making a divorce official and completed.
- Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (DRFA): A document signed under oath and notarized that is required by the court which summarized the financial situation of the party signing the affidavit. See Uniform Georgia Superior Court Rule 24.2 and O.C.G.A. § 19-6-15.
- Standing Order(s): Each court has its own requirements for Standing Order(s). The courts frequently revise and update their Standing Order(s) and the most recent versions must be filed with the case.
- Other Required Documents: This can vary by the county the case is filed in, but will usually include but not limited to: a General Civil and Domestic Relations Case Filing Information Form, General Civil and Domestic Relations Case Disposition Information Form, Report of Divorce, Annulment, or Dissolution of Marriage, and a proposed Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce.
In an Atlanta Georgia uncontested divorce case involving minor children, the following documents will also be necessary:
- Child Support Worksheet (CSWS): A document that uses mathematical calculations required by Georgia State Law to calculate the amount of child support to be paid.
- Child Support Addendum (CSA): A document that describes in detail all the required aspects of child support in Georgia (the amount, duration of payments, when paid, how paid, etc.)
- Parenting Plan: A documents that comprehensively outlines all aspects of child custody and visitation – including, but not limited to: a visitation schedule, holidays, legal and physical custody, etc.
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In an Atlanta Georgia uncontested divorce, the husband and wife must reach a complete agreement on how their property will be divided, on how their debts will be divided, and on what the terms for child custody and child support will be before the documents are filed with the court.
Also, the husband and wife must be in agreement regarding how much (if any) alimony will be paid and for how long. If the husband and wife are not in complete agreement on all the required legal terms of a divorce, then they do not have an uncontested divorce case. To resolve this situation, the parties can continue negotiation, attend mediation, and work toward reaching a complete divorce agreement. If all else fails, one of the parties has the option of filing of a contested divorce case
When the parties are in total agreement regarding the terms of the divorce, the settlement agreement and related documents will need to be drafted in a legal format that the court will approve. The drafting of the documents required for an uncontested divorce can be quite difficult for an non-lawyer. Even an inexperienced lawyers will frequently make minor (if not serious) mistakes in drafting uncontested divorce documents. This is especially true when minor children are involved. If your divorce case is important to you – hire an experienced professional divorce attorney.
The divorce attorneys at Coleman Legal Group, LLC have negotiated and drafted numerous of simple and complex divorce agreements that the courts have approved – and most without a court hearing ever being necessary.
How Long Does an Atlanta Georgia Uncontested Divorce Take To Complete?
Most (but not all) uncontested divorces can be finalized within sixty (60) days of the filing of the case. Sometimes a final hearing in court will be necessary. Fortunately, where a final hearing is required, only the person requesting the divorce is required to attend and the hearings are usually short and end with the divorce being granted.
Complex Asset Uncontested Divorce Cases
When an uncontested divorce involves complex financial issues and/or significant assets that need dividing, our attorneys can help prepare you for potential tax and related issues associated with your divorce. Our attorneys work with tax lawyers, experts, accountants and financial planners to help you formulate, negotiate and complete a divorce agreement that is truly in your best interest – now and in the future.
Simple Uncontested Divorces Cases
We also assist with simple divorces by helping guide our client through the legal forms and process, which will save you much time and frustration. We do this by helping move your uncontested divorce case through the court as quickly and efficiently. In many of our cases, our clients do not even have to go to court to get their final decree of divorce. We help our clients avoid court when possible by preparing and executing the necessary documents to avoid a final divorce hearing in court.
Complex Issue Uncontested Divorces
We are also experienced with more complex issues in uncontested divorces – and routinely help guide our clients through the process of putting complex asset and custody arrangements into a legal document the court will approve. Although a final court hearing is more common with complex divorce cases, it is still not uncommon for our clients to receive their final decree without ever having to go to court.
Uncontested Divorce Mediation
If your case is complicated or you are having difficulty reaching an uncontested divorce agreement, we strongly advise our clients consider mediation. When you are a client of Coleman Legal Group, LLC – we will be by your side every step of the way during mediation. We help choose the mediator that we feel will be most fair to you and will facilitate agreement. We also can usually schedule the formal mediation session in our office or in a neutral location that you will feel comfortable in. It has been our experience that when both of the parties truly want to reach an agreement that mediation usually works.
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