There are few times in one’s life when a person is confronted with a more stressful and emotionally vulnerable situation than a divorce. If the parties have minor children, the stress and vulnerability is magnified even more. Too often the person initiating the divorce will take advantage of the other spouse’s vulnerability to obtain an unfair settlement of property issues or child custody. If you are confronting divorce, it is imperative that you immediately seek assistance from a qualified family law attorney. Important and long-lasting decisions are made during divorce proceedings which will affect one’s future, finances and children. It is crucial that you take immediate steps to protect your interests and assets.
If you are facing divorce, you should promptly determine the assets and liabilities arising during the marriage. It is wise to make copies of all tax returns, income statements, retirement account documents, bank records, credit card statements, mortgage statements, utilities, etc. Dividing a couple’s assets and debts is a part of every divorce.
A divorce in Georgia may be granted upon different grounds. The majority of divorces are granted without regard to fault if the marriage has become “irretrievably broken” and there is no reasonable expectation of reconciling those differences. A divorce may also be granted for adultery, abandonment, cruelty, desertion, and on several other legal grounds.
If you are considering filing for divorce, or have been served with a divorce lawsuit, you should immediately seek legal advice from a qualified family law attorney. After a divorce is filed, the Court can issue temporary orders that will control the family situation while the divorce is pending. These might include:
- Orders enjoining one or both parties from committing acts of violence or harassment
- Orders enjoining one or both parties from disposing of, hiding, damaging, or encumbering property
- Orders enjoining one or both parties from creating debt
- Orders providing for temporary custody and visitation regarding minor children
- Orders for temporary support of the children and spouse
- Orders concerning the possession and use of property
Issues in a divorce case may involve an equitable division of marital property and debts, child support, child custody and visitation, alimony and attorney’s fees.
Vigorously Working to Protect Your Interests During Your Georgia Divorce
The Law Offices of Larry H. Tatum, P.C. understand the stakes involved in your divorce. Let us put our knowledge and experience to work helping you protect your important valuable assets and rights.
In Georgia, marital property and debt must be divided equitably, but that does not mean equally. We have a thorough understanding of the state equitable distribution laws. The Law Offices of Larry H. Tatum, P.C. is fully prepared to help you protect what you value most, including your:
- Homes/vacation property
- Cars and other vehicles
- Investment and retirement accounts
- Other savings accounts
The Law Offices of Larry H. Tatum, P.C. understands that every client has distinct property division goals. We strive to ensure that each client's property interests and any division are fair and appropriate. Too often, parties find themselves taken advantage of. We are determined to offer sound legal advice and representation that is tailored to your unique circumstances.
The Law Offices of Larry H. Tatum, P.C. is experienced to handle any domestic relations law matter that you may have and help protect your rights. Contact us for an appointment today!
An uncontested divorce is one in which the parties resolve all their differences without a trial. Uncontested divorces often reduce the bitterness and hurt that may exist between the parties and benefit everyone, especially minor children. Courts will, of course, hear any contested case and settle all disputed issues in a divorce; but, each party should carefully consider whether a compromise is possible, as this course of action may be in the best interests of both parties and any minor children involved. Many of the required documents and provisions of a settlement agreement are quite complex. Too often, parties using the "do-it-yourself" route find themselves frustrated, or the binding agreements they entered into come back to bite them later. One should contact a knowledgeable family law attorney even when the divorce appears to be uncontested. The Law Offices of Larry H. Tatum, P.C. will help ensure that you are not being taken advantage of in an uncontested divorce.
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