When you made your vows with your spouse, you didn’t anticipate you would be researching divorce online someday. Divorce is a painful situation in which to find yourself, but with a different perspective and the right legal help, it can also be liberating. Regardless of your unique circumstances, you will need to engage Jonesboro divorce attorneys to see that your interests are being protected during this complex and often emotionally harrowing process.

The team at Lunn Law LLC has the experience to advocate for you and see you through even the most challenging divorce circumstances. Our professionalism will prove reassuring during your time of tribulation and our experience will help alleviate your fears of being taken advantage of. Reach out to schedule a case assessment and learn how we can advocate for you!

Grounds For Divorce In Georgia

Georgia is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that you do not have to prove wrongdoing within your marriage to be granted a divorce. However, you must provide a reason for your divorce from among the thirteen reasons that are seen as legally valid in sight of the court. The thirteen reasons are as follows:

Intermarriage by persons within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity (relationship by blood) or affinity

1. Mental incapacity at the time of the marriage

2. Impotency at the time of the marriage

3. Force, menace, duress, or fraud in obtaining the marriage

4. Pregnancy of the wife by a man other than the husband, at the time of the marriage, unknown to the husband

5. Adultery in either of the parties after marriage

6. Willful and continued desertion by either of the parties for the term of one year

7. The conviction of either party for an offense involving moral turpitude, under which he is sentenced to imprisonment in a penal institution for a term of two years or longer

8. Habitual intoxication

9. Cruel treatment

10.  Incurable mental illness

11.  Habitual drug addiction

12. The marriage is irretrievably broken

Many divorces fall under this last reason, as it serves as a catch-all for situations that are non-reconcilable. Note that even if one of the other reasons is the real reason for your divorce, you can still choose to cite that the marriage is irretrievably broken (and our Jonesboro divorce attorneys can advise you as to whether or not that is in your best interests).

Types Of Divorce In Georgia

The circumstances of your divorce will generally determine the time it takes and the cost. When divorcing, couples need to come to an agreement on four essential aspects: child custody, child support, asset/debt division, and alimony.

Divorces fall largely under three categories:

  • Uncontested divorce: The class of divorce that generally takes the least time. Uncontested divorce means that both parties agree on the terms of the divorce. Since both spouses are in alignment, there is no reason for mediation or courtroom hearings, which cuts down on costs.
  • Contested divorce: Occurs when both parties are unaligned on one or more terms of the divorce. If there are disagreements with the particulars of the divorce, mediation and negotiation are needed, and if agreements cannot be reached, the process has the potential to be dragged out for a long time–years, in some cases. This type of divorce can be combative and highly stressful.
  • Collaborative divorce: When both parties are not in agreement on the terms of divorce but want to find a way to collaborate and move forward. This type of divorce differs from contested divorce because both parties are dedicated to working through their disagreements with the help of their divorce lawyers, though outside of court.

There are advantages and disadvantages to contested and uncontested divorces. Uncontested divorce can be more costly, but could yield results that are more favorable to you. On the other hand, contested divorce might seem easier but might mean settling for less than you think you are worth. Speak with our Jonesboro divorce attorneys about your goals for your divorce, and you will receive guidance that will suit you.

Process For Divorce In Georgia

The divorce process starts when you file a formal complaint known as a Complaint For Divorce or a Petition For Divorce. This complaint will be filed with the Clerk of the Court and a copy delivered to your spouse. Your spouse then has 30 days to respond to the claim.

After the formal filing for divorce, we will gather evidence for discovery and then, if needed, schedule a hearing for negotiation or attempt a settlement. If a settlement cannot be reached, the divorce might go to a final hearing.

Divorce is typically not a short or easy process. Depending on whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, along with external factors such as the divorce caseload in your county, divorce can take as few as thirty days and as long as a year or more; however, with our attorneys on your side, you can rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to move you quickly and efficiently into the next chapter of your life.

Depend On Our Jonesboro Divorce Attorneys To Help You

Lunn Law has been serving the Metro Atlanta area for over 15 years with compassionate legal guidance. We work hard to build a strong attorney-client relationship with our high ethical standards, close attention to detail, and our dedication to collaboration with our clients. We care deeply about the issues that are affecting your family, and we have the tools to help you reconcile them. Reach out to schedule a case assessment and learn how we can support you throughout the divorce process.

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