A contested divorce is where parties cannot reach an agreement on whether to get a divorce or settle on the terms and details of the dissolution. The details usually center around distribution and allocation of assets, finances, alimony, child support or custody. A contested divorce is settled in court and there are numerous and often complicated steps that the parties will have to go through before a divorce is adjudicated and finalized. An experienced attorney that can advise and handle legal rights issues will help ease the complexity of a contested divorce.
Some divorcing couples are able to reach agreements on pertinent issues. In contested divorce cases, there are disputes over the reasons for the breakup and complications in terms of other divorce-related issues. At Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor, our Georgia divorce attorneys provide the aggressive legal representation you need in these situations. With over 30 years experience, our goal is your protection and ensuring you get what you are entitled to in your divorce settlement.
Issues in a Contested Divorce
Under the Georgia State Code (O.C.G.A. 19-5-3), there are 12 fault-based grounds for divorce, including adultery, mental cruelty, habitual intoxication, and desertion. Our attorneys know that If one of the spouses files for divorce on the basis of these grounds, it could have significant impacts in any eventual settlement. We take these allegations seriously, using tried and true strategies to defend your interests in these cases.
Even if you file on the basis of irreconcilable differences, there are still important issues to resolve before your divorce becomes final. Disputes in contested divorce cases often involve:
- Division of marital property, assets, and debts;
- Issues involving child custody and support payments;
- The rights to spousal support and alimony payments.
Reach Out to Our Divorce Attorneys for Help
In a contested divorce case, you need an experienced Georgia divorce attorney to act as a strong legal advocate on your behalf. Reach out and contact Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor to request a case consultation today.