Are you thinking about getting a divorce or has your spouse asked for a divorce? Questions and problems may seem overwhelming. You may or may not agree on how you will divide property and how the two of you will co-parent your children, if applicable. But you know you need to take action.
Many people make the mistake of beginning a divorce without a lawyer’s help, only to discover that correcting errors and omissions will now be more expensive and difficult. The sooner you seek legal advice, the more options you will have to proceed in the most practical, cost-effective ways.
Why Early Legal Counsel Is So Important For Your Georgia Divorce
In the early stages of a marital breakup, when a couple is still together but coming to the decision to dissolve the marriage, it is common for spouses to believe they agree on how they will divide assets and collaborate in the care and upbringing of their children. Once negotiations about the coming dissolution of marriage get underway, disagreements often become apparent. A husband and wife may disagree on issues such as:
- Division of property with special sentimental value or high-dollar value — Common examples that prove difficult for many couples to agree on include vacation property, collectibles, pets, stocks and bonds, and retirement accounts.
- Health insurance — One spouse may be about to lose coverage through the other’s insurance policy provided by an employer. How will he or she be insured after the divorce?
- Spousal support (alimony) — One spouse may have had a much greater income throughout a lengthy marriage. Now the dependent spouse will need financial support when striking out on her own or his own. Will a family law judge expect you to pay (or receive) spousal support or alimony after your Georgia divorce?
Uncontested Versus Contested Divorce
When disagreements become obstacles, a divorce is said to be contested. Resolving it may require intensive negotiations or litigation in preparation for a trial before a family law judge. Whether you will have a contested or uncontested divorce, it is in your interests to contact an attorney early in the process.
In the long run, it is nearly always less costly financially and less stressful to have a lawyer guide you through every step of the legal process rather than having to fix mistakes.
I am Carmel W. Sanders, a divorce lawyer in Macon, Georgia. I guide individuals through all of the issues of divorce, including marital property division, child issues and support, and spousal support. I handle military divorces and high-asset divorces. I represent clients in divorces including child custody and child support.