Cumming Divorce Lawyers Offer Sound Advice
Professional legal services with the utmost sensitivity
At Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP, our attorneys understand the gravity of the decision to dissolve your marriage. Throughout the divorce process, we treat you with the utmost sensitivity and your case with meticulous care. Our attorneys strive to maintain the highest levels of professionalism while providing personal attention, easy access and complete answers to all your questions. Our goal is not only to resolve your issues in the most efficient and cost-effective manner, but also to relieve your anxiety and give you peace of mind.
Reliable guidance throughout the Georgia divorce process
Our firm has extensive experience in divorce and related matters throughout Cumming, Alpharetta and Gainesville. We are well acquainted with the courts and court personnel, so we can guide you reliably through the process from filing to your final court order.
Georgia allows you to choose to file no-fault or to allege grounds for divorce, such as adultery, abandonment of more than one year, habitual drunkenness or drug addiction, cruelty, or incurable mental illness. Alleging grounds requires you to present evidence of the marital misconduct, whereas by filing no-fault, you only have to assert that your marriage is irretrievably broken.
If you meet the residency requirement – living within the state for six consecutive months – you can file for divorce in the court of the county where you or your spouse resides. You must then arrange for a third party to serve your spouse with a summons and complaint, which require your spouse to file an answer with the court.
From there, you can attempt to negotiate a marital settlement agreement, resolving all issues related to child custody and visitation, child support, alimony, and the division of your property. If successful, you can present the signed agreement to the judge for an uncontested divorce. If you are unable to resolve any of these issues, your divorce is considered contested, and those unresolved issues go to mediation or trial.
Understanding property division in your Georgia divorce
Georgia courts divide marital assets according to the rules of equitable distribution, which entails a three-step process:
- Identifying property — Spouses must fully disclose the assets and debt they hold, and assert whether it is separate property or marital property. Our divorce lawyers use the discovery process to compel full disclosure and find hidden assets. We also help you assert your right to your separate property and a fair share of all marital property.
- Determining the property’s value — There are different methods for assessing the value of property, and the court’s decision to favor one method over another can seriously affect your financial future. We consult with experts in the field to get accurate, justifiable valuations that protect your rights.
- Distributing a fair share to each spouse — Equitable distribution does not necessarily mean a 50-50 split. Instead, it reflects what the judge thinks is fair in light of numerous factors. We make persuasive arguments that alert the court to factors that support your property rights.
The equitable distribution process involves jeopardy and opportunity, so it is vitally important to have a skilled family law attorney protecting your rights.
Contact our dedicated divorce lawyers serving Alpharetta, Cumming and Gainesville
Our knowledgeable attorneys can help you obtain the results you need for life after divorce. Call Lipscomb, Johnson, Sleister, Dailey & Smith, LLP at 470-839-9467 or contact us online for reliable, compassionate assistance. We look forward to meeting you and discussing your case.