Doing a divorce pro se with forms is harder than you think. It's dangerous, and while pro se divorces sometimes work, most are problematic and many go very badly. The small additional cost for a lawyer is worth it, and while Fulton County does have some forms, even their own site acknowledges that you should have them reviewed by a lawyer.
Amongst the many documents you will need in Fulton County are a summons, initiation form, disposition form, report of divorce, standing order, intake worksheet, complaint for divorce, consent to try, verification, acknowledgment and separation agreement. You'll also need a final decree. In some cases you will also need a financial affidavot, child support worksheet, parenting plan, child support addendum, etc. You may also need other documents as appropriate such as venue waivers, etc.
If you do decide to seek legal help, and that is quite wise, feel free to call me at 404-768-3509.
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I assume you are both in agreement with property settlement, alimony and child support. Both forms are required for a divorce. Both can be found online as well as the pleadings forms. I would not suggest that you try it without legal counsel. If you want to do it without counsel you should at should at least have an attorney coach you in the forms, the information required and to review your final documents before you file.
My office will review documents at $250/hour. 678-992-2631. Legal counsel is money well spent.
Fulton County provides pro se litigants in a divorce action with EVERYTHING that they need to file their own divorce, including instructions that detail what documents must be filed in what situations. You can find these forms on the Fulton County Family Law Information Center website.
One of the items contained within their documents is the recommendation that you consult with an attorney. Even when parties to a divorce think that they have reached an agreement on everything, they tend to overlook something. It is therefore in your best interest to at least sit down with an attorney before you file anything.
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The best form you can sign is a check to a experienced family law attorney. The fact that you don't know the answer to these questions indicates to me that you are in over your head.
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