Understanding All of Your Divorce Options
When it comes to getting a divorce, Georgia offers several options to make things easy – at least legally speaking. Where some states require long term separation or proof of the grounds for divorce, Georgia allows us the options of uncontested divorce, and of no fault divorce. Both of these options make it easier to reach a settlement agreement and to keep relationships cordial throughout the litigation process. Here we discuss these options and explain why they are beneficial.
Uncontested Divorce – An uncontested divorce is when the parties have agreed that the marriage is irretrievably broken, and they want to agree as to how things will be divided, and agree to custody, parenting time and child support if there are children involved. Uncontested divorces are faster and less expensive and best of all, they promote a positive relationship moving forward. Uncontested divorces will still need to be filed in court to be made official, but all documents will be prepared and executed before you even file.
Contested Divorce – In the case of a contested divorce, one or both spouses are in disagreement about important terms pertaining to the divorce. This may include division of assets, alimony or child support payments, and custody or co-parenting terms. However, just because a divorce is contested doesn’t mean it can’t be settled. In fact, most contested divorces ultimately settle without the need for court involvement either through the mediation process or settlement negotiations. If the parties still have remaining issues after settlement efforts have been exhausted, the judge will make the final determination in all unresolved areas of the divorce.
No-Fault Divorce – Initially introduced in the 70’s, no-fault divorces allow a court to grant a divorce without the party filing for divorce needing to prove the fault of the respondent or defendant based on a certain “fault” or wrongdoing in the marriage. The no-fault divorce is an excellent tool to allow parties to amicably split without having to prove negative actions by the other spouse, and without having to “air the dirty laundry” of the marriage.
There is a path for divorce for anyone who chooses to sever the marital ties and end their marriage. Even if the other party doesn’t want a divorce, either spouse can make that decision without consent of the other. No matter the specifics of your divorce, you can have confidence that our professionals will be there to back you up every step of the way. For more information on our family law services or to schedule a family law consultation appointment, contact Oxendine Law at (770) 497-8688 today. We offer meetings in person, over the phone, or by video conference. You can also follow along with us on Facebook and Instagram for additional family law news, tips, radio clips, and much more.