In a contested divorce, you may disagree on getting a divorce, the reasons for it, or the circumstances surrounding any settlements. While the contested divorce process can drag out for months or even years, our Georgia divorce attorneys have the experience and skill needed to help you resolve issues in the least time-consuming and most cost-effective manner possible.
What to Expect When You Contest a Divorce
Unless you and your spouse agree to part ways amicably, either or both of you have the right to file a divorce petition based on fault grounds in an effort to bolster your legal positions. Under the Georgia State Code (O.C.G.A. 19-5-3), these involve issues such as adultery, abandonment, mental cruelty, or alcohol and drug abuse. If you dispute these allegations or any of the terms outlined in the petition, you can contest the divorce by filing an answer or even a countersuit, alleging your own version of the facts in the case.
In some situations, disputes do not center on the grounds for divorce but instead on the terms under which the divorce is granted. Contested issues, which often relate to property settlements, alimony, or child custody, can be negotiated through your attorneys. If a settlement cannot be reached, the judge may order mediation. If you are still unable to reach an agreement, you may present evidence and contest the divorce before the judge in your case.
Our Georgia Divorce Attorneys Fight for You
As experienced Georgia divorce attorneys, we fight to protect your rights in your divorce case. To discuss how we can assist you, contact Stearns‑Montgomery & Proctor and request a consultation today.