couple considering divorce

Making the decision to end a marriage is never easy.  Our first recommendation to all clients is to seek professional marital counseling to discern what is best for you and your family.  That counseling may uncover that the temptation to try and work it out or to remain together for the sake of your children, your family, or your reputation in the community is not what’s best.  Unfortunately, remaining in a situation where you and your spouse have been experiencing difficulties can be even more painful than going through the process of filing for divorce.  In some cases, circumstances surrounding your decision can also put your well-being and your legal rights in jeopardy.

At Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, we believe in helping our clients protect their families and assets. In the more than 30 years that Founding Partner Mary Montgomery has been practicing family law, she has realized many couples considering divorce have not thought through the process. When we at SM&P meet someone who wants a divorce, we want to make sure they are ready for the complex divorce process as well as its aftermath. Are they positive divorce is the solution for them?

Under Georgia law, parents can be held liable for their children’s actions under several circumstances. The state’s parental liability laws appear in Sections 51-2-2 and 51-2-3 of the Georgia Code. The main parental responsibility provision appears in Section 51-2-2:

Most divorces do not go to trial. Although a divorce is a formal legal proceeding that involves the family court system, most spouses are able to settle their differences in private negotiation sessions or through alternative dispute resolution (ADR).