Gwinnett County Contested Divorce Lawyers
Assisting Clients Through The Contested Divorce Process in Georgia
A divorce of any kind should not be handled with an impersonal, template-style approach. You are entitled to an attorney who will attend to every detail and ensure that your rights are protected. Rushing through a divorce that has unique aspects and vast complexities only creates problems in the future. You want high standards of ethics and professionalism from your lawyer as you move on to a new chapter of your life.
At Daniels & Taylor, P.C., attorney and founder Tony A. Taylor brings over 30 years of comprehensive experience in mediating and litigating complicated divorce disputes. Satisfied clients have referred their friends and family to him. Peers often contact him when a divorce case is beyond their knowledge and skill level.
What is a Contested Divorce?
Contested divorces can involve high assets with one or both spouses. Complexities can also arise when a husband and wife cannot agree on some or all of the issues related to their marital dissolution. Issues related to dividing valuable assets and determining custody and child support amounts can force both sides into the courtroom. We will use our experience and education in accounting and law to be certain that asset values and income are accurately established and that you receive your fair share.
Preparing for Trial While Hoping for Settlement Through Mediation
We find that almost 90 percent of all divorce cases, regardless of their complexity, do settle short of trial. Even disputes involving valuable real estate and inheritances can often be resolved peacefully. However, we have found that the best way to encourage settlement is to prepare your case as if we are going to trial. Putting your divorce case in the hands of a less-experienced attorney who lacks the background in resolving complex divorces may not be in your best interests.
Contested Divorce Requirements in Georgia
Navigating a contested divorce involves a thorough understanding of Georgia's legal requirements. Here are some key requirements to consider:
- Grounds for Divorce: Georgia recognizes both fault and no-fault grounds for divorce. Common fault grounds include adultery, cruelty, and abandonment, while no-fault grounds are based on irreconcilable differences.
- Residency Requirements: Either spouse must have been a resident of Georgia for at least six months before filing for divorce. The divorce petition should be filed in the county where the respondent resides.
- Filing the Petition: The spouse initiating the divorce (the petitioner) will need to file a Complaint for Divorce with the appropriate Superior Court. The petitioner will serve the divorce papers to the other spouse (the respondent), who then has a specified time to respond.
- Discovery Process: Discovery involves gathering information and evidence relevant to the divorce case. This process may include interrogatories, document requests, and depositions to obtain necessary information.
- Mediation and Settlement Attempts: In contested divorces, mediation may be required to facilitate settlement discussions between the parties.
- Court Proceedings: If a settlement cannot be reached, the case proceeds to court, where both parties present their arguments, and a judge makes decisions on unresolved issues.
How Long Does a Contested Divorce Take?
The duration of a contested divorce in Georgia can vary based on numerous factors. These factors can include:
- Complexity of Issues: The more complex the problems involved, such as child custody, spousal support, and division of assets, the longer the divorce process may take.
- Cooperation Between Spouses: The willingness of both spouses to cooperate and reach agreements significantly influences the timeline. Contentious disputes and frequent disagreements can extend the duration of the divorce proceedings.
- Court Dockets and Scheduling: The availability of court dates and the court's schedule can affect how quickly the case moves through the legal system.
- Mediation and Settlement Efforts: If the parties are successful in reaching a settlement through mediation, the divorce process may be more streamlined.
Contact Our Contested Divorce Attorneys in Gwinnett County Today
If you are dealing with a contested divorce, do not hesitate to contact Daniels & Taylor, P.C., today. From our office in Lawrenceville, our lawyers represent clients in communities throughout Gwinnett County, Georgia.
Professional & Trustworthy Clients are always our number one priority. We treat every client with the utmost respect and professionalism throughout every aspect of their case.
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