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A family law matter like divorce or child custody is a turning point in your life. The advice and advocacy you receive at this moment affects the journey ahead, for both you and your children. It is important to work with an attorney who understands your goals for the future and knows how to help you achieve them.
Family law disputes can be stressful and confusing, making you feel like your life is out of control. At NVP Family Law, we give you straightforward advice you can count on and the advocacy you need at a difficult time, so you’ll have the tools you need to build the future you want. At NVP Family Law, our priority is helping you navigate the challenges of the present so you can move forward with confidence and peace of mind.
Georgia law requires that at least one of the spouses be a resident of the state for at least six months before filing for a divorce. If you reside in another state, you can file in Georgia if your spouse has lived here for at least six months. In most cases, you file in the county where your spouse lives.
Divorcing spouses may agree on matters relating to equitable division of property, custody and parenting, alimony (spousal support), and child support, all of which are within the court’s jurisdiction in a divorce action. If the parties reach agreement themselves or with assistance from legal counsel or mediation, they prepare and sign a written agreement and file it with the court. The judge reviews the agreement to ensure that all the terms and provisions are consistent with the requirements of Georgia law.
If the spouses disagree on any of the issues within the court’s authority, the judge decides those issues for the parties.
Georgia law provides for equitable division of all types of marital property, including both assets and debts. The standard requires that property acquired during the marriage be divided equitably or fairly, which does not necessarily mean equally (50-50).
Separate property of a spouse is not included in the equitable division. Establishing that an asset (or debt) is separate property is sometimes an issue in a divorce case.
For some divorcing couples, division of marital property is a significant issue. Other spouses may be able to reach agreement on the division. But before you agree on property division, be certain that you fully understand your legal rights under Georgia law.
Yes. Georgia law gives courts wide discretion in awarding alimony, either during the proceeding or as part of the final divorce decree. Either party may ask the court to award alimony. In making a decision on alimony, the judge takes a wide range of factors into account. The potential for alimony is one of the important reasons that legal representation in a divorce is crucial.