Do I need a lawyer to get a divorce in Georgia?

While Georgia law does not require a person to be represented by a lawyer in a divorce case, you should at least talk with an experienced divorce lawyer before you move ahead with a divorce.

Complex state laws and strict court procedures complicate the process. Specific detailed documents must be filed with and reviewed by the court. If you are not well-versed in the laws and process requirements, you can make mistakes that end up being costly and delaying the process considerably.

In addition, a Georgia divorce judge has broad-ranging authority to decide important issues affecting your property rights and alimony terms, as well as custody and support issues relating to children. If you are not aware of all your legal rights — and of the full authority of the court — you could make decisions that have a substantial negative impact on the rest of your life. Your lawyer makes certain that you know what your rights are and that those rights are fully protected during the divorce case.