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I am considering filing for a divorce. What can I expect during the process?

Gainesville, GA |

Both of us have grown apart. We've been married for almost twenty years. We have three children: 15 13, and 7. We have a mobile home together and two other bills together. Both cars are in my name. I have a few personal bills and she does too. We both work. I can't track her income. She is never around me or the kids. She is either working 14-20 hours a day or she is hiding out in our bedroom. She acts like she does not want to remain married. I have found e-mails and text messages that suggest she wants other men in her life.

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    Unless you and she work out how teh case will go before it starts, you will face an emotionally and legally difficult confrontation in court that can include mediation and trial, where issues including support, custody, visitation, division of assets and debts, alimony, parenting plan, insurance etc get decided. The one thing that is always certain will be that it will go better with a lawyer than without one.

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  2. What you can expect has a great deal to do with what you are looking for. A divorce cannot be granted without resolving all issues. Those are custody, parenting time, support, division of marital property and debts, and the who lives where. Those can be resolved by agreement, mediation, or by trial, but they must be resolved before the divorce is granted.
    You need to retain an experienced divorce attorney, and be prepared to discuss all of the above issues, and how you would like for them to be resolved.

    I am exclusively a family law attorney, practicing primarily in the metro Atlanta, Georgia trial courts. However, I handle appeals from anywhere in Georgia.


  3. Unless both you and your spouse are diplomatic, reasonable, cooperative, and sensible, you can expect that the divorce will take longer and cost more than you think it should. Do everything you can to compromise and achieve an out-of-court settlement.

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