What is an uncontested Divorce?
"Uncontested" means the couple can agree on all issues, for example, where children will live, how to divide assets and debts, and whether child support or alimony will be paid. An uncontested divorce can be obtained quickly, without stress, and will save each Party thousands in attorney’s fees. When a couple already agrees on how to end their marriage, our office prepares all the paperwork, including the Property Settlement Agreement, and, if children are involved, the required parenting plans and child support worksheets. We strive to get your divorce with as little stress and expense as possible. An uncontested divorce is the quickest, easiest and most economical way to end the marriage so everyone can move on with their lives.
Does the Court need to be involved?
Yes. Even if all issues are agreed upon, the Court will need to approve the final result. Only the Court has the authority to grant you a divorce and thereby free each party to marry again.
Do I need to live in the state of Georgia to get a divorce here?
Yes, generally, at least one spouse must be living in Georgia and have lived in Georgia for at least six months.
Where do I file for divorce?
Generally, a complaint for divorce should be filed in the Superior Court of the defendant's county of residence or, if the defendant no longer resides in the state of Georgia, in the county of the plaintiff's residence, with the Defendant’s consent.
Can I share custody?
Yes. The Parties can agree on joint custody instead of sole custody. There are two types of joint custody: (i) Joint legal custody, where both parents have equal rights and responsibilities for major decisions concerning the child; and (ii) joint physical custody, where physical custody is shared by the parents in such a way to assure the child substantially equal time and contact with both parents.
What are my (or the other person's) child support obligations?
In Georgia, both parents can be required to provide assistance to their children until a child reaches the age of 18 years if not in high school, graduates from high school if eighteen (18) years or older, reaches the age of 20 years and is still in high school, dies, marries, is emancipated or joins the military, whichever event occurs first. The noncustodial parent will generally be required to provide a reasonable amount of child support to the custodial parent to assist with living expenses.
Child Support Guidelines are in effect in Georgia. A calculation will need to be made to determine the appropriate amount of child support. The amount can vary based on various factors including time the non-custodial parent spends with the child(ren), day care costs, medical costs, education costs, significant income or debt of either party, and obligations to another household. Additionally, each party is required to prepare a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit.
How long will the whole process take?
Obtaining the Final Divorce Decree typically takes around 45 days.
How much does it costs for an uncontested divorce?
We charge a flat fee for uncontested divorces.
If there are no minor children involved, then the attorney fee is $770. The Court cost is $205, for a total of $975. We need $450 put down to begin the process, and this is nonrefundable. The remaining balance should generally be paid within 30 days, unless the Parties need additional time.
If there are minor children involved, then the attorney fee is $1745. The Court cost is $205, for a total of $1950. We need $850 put down to file the divorce, and this is nonrefundable. The remaining balance should generally be paid within 30 days, unless the Parties need additional time.