Going through a divorce in Atlanta can be incredibly emotionally and financially challenging. When you and your spouse decide that it’s time to get a divorce, it’s essential that you hire a lawyer as soon as possible. Even when you and your spouse agree to have an amicable one, you still need a lawyer representing your best interests during the process.
Founding Carter/Pilgrim attorney Amy M. Carter has helped many Atlanta-area clients work through their divorces. Whether you anticipate your divorce to be amicable or contentious, she can help you navigate the process while fighting for your best interests. We recommend speaking to a skilled Atlanta family law lawyer before you file any papers or accept any agreements. Contact Carter/Pilgrim today to schedule your initial consultation.
Achieving an Amicable Divorce in Georgia
In an amicable divorce, spouses who are ready to end their marriage work together to navigate the process without hostility. Founding partner Amy M. Carter focuses her practice on divorces and child custody actions. She understands that divorces are a life-changing event. She is one of only a few lawyers in North Georgia to receive an invitation to the exclusive Amicable Divorce Network.
During this process, both spouses still seek to protect their custody rights, property, and financial interests. Unlike in contentious divorces, the couple agrees to approach this with a willingness to compromise and keep an open mind. Those who want to seek amicable divorces should prepare as much as possible before the process begins.
Ms. Carter will help you analyze all of your shared and personal property and debts. She will help you assess which property is important to you and which property you would be willing to give up. Hiring an experienced attorney for your amicable divorce will help you make informed decisions during the process.
Uncontested Divorce in Georgia
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses have agreed on the major issues involved in a divorce. You both agree that you want a divorce and you agree when it comes to the equitable division of your property, child support, and alimony. Uncontested divorces are usually the most straightforward divorces.
Many people assume that they don’t need to hire an attorney for a contested divorce. On the contrary, hiring an attorney will help you protect yourself throughout the process and ensure that all of the paperwork is filed correctly and on time. Either you or your spouse’s attorney will draft the divorce agreement.
At Carter/Pilgrim, we can help you draft a complete and fair agreement that reflects the interests of both parties and the terms to which you’ve agreed. If your spouse’s attorney prepares the divorce agreement, we can review the agreement and make any changes, if necessary. After we review the agreement and both spouses sign, we will file the agreement with the court, and a judge will finalize the divorce.
Atlanta Contested Divorce Lawyer
In a contested divorce, one spouse does not want to get divorced. Or, the spouses do not agree on the division of property, child custody, child support, or alimony. Divorces will remain contested until the spouses can resolve their differences.
Contested divorces happen for several different reasons. In some cases, the overwhelming emotions that come with divorce get in the way. In other cases, the spouses cannot resolve disagreements related to child custody or child support.
How to Settle a Contested Divorce
You may be worried that your contested divorce will lead to long and drawn-out litigation. Naturally, contested divorces are often more expensive and last longer than uncontested divorces. At Carter/Pilgrim, we have helped many couples move from contested to an uncontested divorce.
We can help you get an understanding of your finances and child custody issues. Our legal team works hard to address any roadblocks and underlying problems that could prevent the process from moving forward. We help educate our clients about their unique situation and the Atlanta process. We also try to find creative solutions for our clients, and we maintain an approach that focuses on a resolution, not litigation.
When negotiation becomes impossible, Atlanta courts will often suggest that the spouses go through a mediation process to avoid a trial. Despite your best efforts, a contested divorce may need to proceed to litigation. In other cases, it may not be advisable or beneficial to try to negotiate with your spouse. Litigation in a divorce trial may be the best or only option available for your situation.
During Atlanta divorce litigation, it is crucial to hire an attorney who is trial-ready and has an in-depth understanding of litigation. Litigation requires a significant amount of work. At Carter/Pilgrim, we work closely with our clients to gather the information that we need to provide the court with compelling evidence on behalf of our clients.
The Georgia Litigation Process
During the discovery process before trial, we will conduct interrogatories and request documents. We will also take depositions and issue subpoenas for any information that could help you during the trial. As you go through the litigation process, you will not be alone. Our lawyers will guide you through the entire process.
Before the divorce trial, the spouses and their lawyers will often engage in further settlement negotiations. When the negotiations are not fruitful, the trial will proceed. During the trial, we will present evidence, interview witnesses, and fight for your best interests.
The judge or jury will rule on the divorce, and the lawyers will prepare a detailed judgment that sets forth the ruling of the court. After the verdict is signed and entered, the divorce will be final. Our legal team will guide you through the process and advocate for you every step of the way.
Speak with a Skilled Atlanta Family Law Lawyer Today
If you’re facing a divorce in the greater Atlanta area, you need experienced and assertive legal representation. Contact Carter/Pilgrim today to schedule your initial consultation.