If you have made the decision to end your marriage, it is important to understand the Georgia divorce process and what to expect as your case moves forward. At The Law Offices of Abbott & Abbott P.C., our attorneys provide skillful representation and reliable advice to help you through this difficult time.
One of the most frequent questions we get from new clients involves how long the divorce will take. The answer is dependent on a number of factors. If you and your spouse agree on all aspects of the divorce agreement, it is considered to be an uncontested divorce. These can be completed in as little as two to three months. If there are disputes that need to be settled over custody, property, support or other issues, it is considered a contested divorce, which could take several months to work through.
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What You Need to Know
Once one spouse has served the other with the appropriate documents to request a divorce, the process has begun. While the majority of the divorce process discussed below tends to be more commonly associated with contested divorce cases, each step can be a part of any Georgia divorce proceeding.
- Temporary orders: One of the first things to happen in a divorce case is the establishment of temporary orders. Depending on the circumstances of the case, the court may establish temporary orders pending a final trial. These may include temporary child support, alimony and custody as well as a temporary order regarding key property, such as the marital home or vehicles.
- Family law mediation: The Georgia courts encourage divorcing spouses to work through as many issues as they can without the need for litigation. Not only does this ease the stress on an already crowded court docket, it also allows the spouses to have an equal say in the decisions that make up the terms of their divorce agreements. In some counties, including Cherokee and Cobb, mediation is mandatory in most if not all cases.
- Final hearing: A contested final hearing is where all issues of the divorce are heard by the court. These issues include, but are not limited to, custody, parenting time, child support and final division of assets and liabilities.
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