In Georgia, the quickest way to get a divorce is through an uncontested divorce.
A smooth uncontested divorce can be finalized in as little as 31 days. All the major issues related to the divorce are settled between the parties, with no loose ends. That's how it's supposed to work, anyway.
Here are a few areas you and your spouse should try to pre-emptively resolve in order to help fast-track a divorce:
- Equitable division of property. For a quick divorce, you and your spouse must make the tough decisions on how to divide your property, including real estate, bank and retirement accounts, pensions, and investments. You'll also need to hash out who will pay any outstanding debts.
- Child custody. Child custody includes both legal custody, which means the right to have a say over the child's upbringing, and physical custody, which is the right to have the child live with you. Your options for each type of custody are "joint" or "sole." You and your spouse may also want to figure out a suggested visitation schedule.
- Child support. Georgia's child support guidelines are a good jumping-off point in your (civil!) discussions. That's also where the judge will look if you and your spouse can't see eye to eye on child support.
- Paperwork. An uncontested divorce can get slowed down by paperwork that isn't properly filled out. If the divorcing couple has children, the pile of documents will be even higher. To keep things moving along and prevent getting lost in the shuffle, an uncontested divorce package like those offered by LegalStreet can help. A LegalStreet package gives you access to a variety of forms, tailored to your situation.
Once the big issues are sorted out through negotiation, mediation, or collaboration, one spouse has to file divorce documents in the local superior court. You will also need to file your settlement agreements as part of the divorce process.
If this all sounds too complicated to handle on your own, it may still be wise to consult an Atlanta family law attorney about the best way to get a quick divorce.
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