Throughout the divorce process, the question I’m asked most often is about going to court. Most people want to avoid going to court for their divorce, and that’s entirely understandable. Presenting your case and hearing from your spouse’s lawyer can take hours or even days. If you have to take a day off of work or find someone to watch your children, it can add extra costs to an already expensive process. Luckily, there’s another option – an uncontested divorce.
In an uncontested divorce, you typically do not have to go to court because all of your issues will be decided beforehand. Here’s how it works.
Step 1: After your Brunswick, GA divorce lawyer files the complaint for divorce, your spouse will receive a copy of the complaint and the clock starts on the statutory time for completing your divorce proceedings.
Step 2: You and your spouse will reach an agreement regarding the division of your assets and debt, custody of your children, and alimony. If you have children, you and your spouse will also provide documentation reflecting your gross income so that child support can be calculated.
Step 3: You and your spouse will sign all of the settlement documents and your attorney will file your divorce settlement and any other final documents with the court.
Step 4: As soon as thirty-days after your spouse received the copy of the complaint, your case will be assigned a day in court by the clerk of courts.
Step 5: Your Brunswick, GA family law attorney will appear in court on your behalf and finalize your divorce.
Once you’ve gone through these five steps, there’s nothing else to worry about. Your divorce will be final, your assets will be split, and you and your spouse can move forward with your lives typically without having to appear in court. But remember, this is all contingent on you and your spouse agreeing to all of the terms of your divorce prior to filing. If issues arise and a compromise can’t be made, you will have to go through the more traditional divorce proceedings and will have to appear in court.
If you’d like to discuss your divorce case and the best options for your situation, feel free to contact me. I’ve devoted my entire career to helping my neighbors on the Georgia Coast, and I’d be happy to be your Brunswick, GA divorce attorney. After all, getting a divorce is never easy, but with the right team on your side, you can end your marriage in a fair and timely manner.
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