There is no doubt the divorce process can be a difficult, emotional, and stressful time. When going through the divorce process, couples not only wish to end their marriage amicably, but also quickly. There is no average or exact number of days it takes to end a Georgia divorce, because each case has specific facts and different circumstances. However, the difference between a contested divorce and an uncontested divorce factors into how quickly you can bring the separation to a conclusion.
Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce
A contested divorce means spouses disagree on any issue in their case. These issues usually include marital property, child support, and child custody. Usually divorce attorneys are hired to represent each spouse, and he or she will work with the other party’s lawyer and find solutions. Mediation and collaboration are effective means used to resolve issues, however, if both spouses are unable to agree on their divorce, their issues will be settled in court. Depending on the issue(s), a contested divorce can take months or more to complete.
On the other hand, uncontested divorces are much quicker to finalize. In an uncontested divorce, spouses agree on how to divide all their property and debts and if they have children, how to share child custody and child support. Once the spouses reach those agreements, they can complete their divorce paperwork and get a judgment, without going to court. An uncontested divorce may be granted 31 days after the defendant has been served with the complaint. Keep in mind, depending on the Georgia court and their backlog, it may be more than 31 days to get an uncontested divorce. However, once you receive a phone call that your case is settled, you will be relieved and you will be able to continue on with your life.
Speak To Our Experienced Georgia Divorce Attorneys Today
If you are considering a divorce, speak with an experienced family law and divorce attorney. The attorneys at Stearns-Montgomery & Proctor will help you understand the Georgia divorce process, your options and rights, and help you through this process. With three offices in Atlanta, Alpharetta and Marietta, we proudly serve our clients throughout the Atlanta metropolitan area. Schedule a consultation today by calling us at 770-280-1488 or complete a contact form.