Rule Nisi

Not every Georgia divorce is the same. It is easy for a seemingly simple divorce proceeding to become surprisingly complicated. Prior to resolving a divorce, initial hearings may be required to establish certain parameters so that the couple can continue to manage their lives separately while still legally married. Individuals with children or joint property that must be shared often end up attending temporary hearings in Georgia. If you are a state resident who expects your divorce to have issues, then learning what Rule Nisi means is in your best interest.

Breaking bridge

What are your goals in seeking a divorce? What are your reservations about going through the process? Depending on your answers to these questions, it may be worth considering what is known as a “legal separation” through a petition for separate maintenance. (Note: Georgia does not use the term legal separation in the law literature. For simplicity's sake, we use it here. This blog is not meant to be a legal thesis but rather a helpful tool for the layperson trying to understand their options.)

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Shortly after a couple files the initial court papers to start the process of divorce, they will exchange information regarding their respective financial, economic, and personal situations, including what property they own, what debt they have, and their income. This exchange of information is called discovery.

Husband Wife fighting over piggy bank

Divorce attorney fees vary, ranging from $275 to $800 per hour. Some attorneys charge a flat fee. Others charge by the hour or per contested issue. Therefore, typical divorce proceedings can range in price from just a few hundred to several thousand dollars.