Handling Divorce Cases in Georgia for Over 20 Years
The divorce attorneys at McLeod Law Firm P.C., know that going through a divorce can be a time of great uncertainty and disruption, and we are committed to making the legal process as uncomplicated as can be for you and your family. Attorney David McLeod serves family law clients across North Georgia. Our law attorneys are located in Gainesville, GA and have over 20 years of experience with a solid reputation for fair resolutions.
Mr. McLeod’s expertise allows him to help and expertly advise you on all thirteen grounds for divorce regardless of whether you are seeking a contested, uncontested or an agreed upon divorce.
If you and your spouse cannot agree on how you will divide assets, debts or custody of your children you will need to file for a contested divorce and the court will then make the final decision on anything that cannot be settled. To present your best case, you need an expert family law attorney specializing in divorce to guide and prepare you through the process.
McLeod Law Firm P.C. can diligently, with care and understanding, take you through all the steps that are required to file a contested divorce in Georgia with your particular circumstances always at the forefront of the process.
We handle a full range of contested issues including:
Determination of primary custody
Division of property
Disputes regarding appropriate visitation plans
Evaluating the appropriateness and amount of alimony and spousal support
Awards of attorneys fees
Establishing child support
Contested divorces are complex and can be a trying and stressful experience. The issues tend to turn on the specific facts and circumstances of individual situations; A contested divorce may result in a trial where the court takes testimony and evidence is introduced in court so that the court can determine an appropriate resolution. A person should never try to handle this without an experienced Georgia divorce attorney. If you know that you have contested issues, you should contact our law office to determine your legal rights so that we can guide you through the process. We will try to help you resolve the disputed issues. If this is not possible, we will diligently represent you in a litigated divorce with compassion and commitment to the best interest of you and your children.
An uncontested divorce is one where both you and your spouse come to a complete agreement about all the matters surrounding the end of your marriage before filing the necessary documents with the court.
Is an Uncontested Divorce Right for You?
An uncontested divorce may be the right option for you if you can agree with your spouse about:
A way to divide up all of your assets; including property, investment funds and retirement accounts;
A way to divide up all of your debts;
The payment of spousal support (alimony); and
If you have children and agree with your spouse regarding where their primary residence will be, how you will share the care of them and the payment of child support.
If you cannot reach an agreement with your spouse alone and still want an uncontested divorce, you can consider mediation. This is where you, your spouse and a neutral third party (usually a qualified family attorney) spend time together discussing the issues that you cannot agree on with the goal of reaching a global settlement of all issues. If an agreement can be reached through mediation, then a divorce decree can be drafted to reflect the terms of the agreement.
The Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce
An uncontested divorce has many benefits. It saves money and time and keeps emotional stress to a minimum. Where children are involved, it has the added advantage of minimizing family disruption and the ability to keep good communication lines open between you and your spouse promoting peaceful and constructive co-parenting.
How We Can Help
If you feel you can or have reached an agreement with your spouse it is vital that you have the arrangement reviewed by a family law attorney specializing in divorce cases.
McLeod Law Firm P.C. can advise you about how a judge might decide your case and prepare your pleadings (court forms) and the formal agreement. While legally a lawyer cannot represent both you and your spouse, we can draft the necessary legal documents to take account of both of your wishes and advise you on the implications of the agreement. If you have already attempted to draft an agreement with your spouse, McLeod Law Firm P.C. can review the proposed document to ensure that there are no mistakes or procedural issues that may prove a problem in getting it enforced or be costly down the line. We will also advise you about the advantages and disadvantages of the agreement, your rights as well as the legal limits Georgia law puts on divorce agreements between spouses particularly child support, which has mandatory guidelines.
Once the agreement and the other necessary legal documents are in order, you and your spouse must sign the agreement. Our lawyers can then file the agreement with the court. All cases are subject to a waiting period of 30 days. At the end of that period, the court will review the documents to make sure they adequately address the legal requirements. Assuming everything is in order, the court will sign a Final Divorce Decree and the marriage will be finally dissolved.
McLeod Law Firm, P.C. dedicates itself to guiding clients with care and expertise to a final resolution in the delicate matter of divorce. We are here to answer your questions about the process and help you to move on from your marriage as painlessly and in the best financial position possible.
CALL (770) 536-0202 TODAY FOR YOUR INITIAL CASE EVALUATION!