Georgia Divorce Attorneys
At The Clarke Law Office, LLC, we understand that the decision to end a marriage is never easy. Our experienced attorneys provide compassionate legal guidance and support to help our clients navigate this difficult time. We strive to achieve a just and fair agreement between our client and their spouse. If a mutually acceptable agreement cannot be reached, we will vigorously protect our client’s rights in court.
In Georgia, there are thirteen (13) grounds for divorce. We can help you understand your options and guide you through the legal process. Our attorneys have the knowledge and empathy to assist you with this stressful and emotional time in your life.
Family law can be complex and overwhelming. Our attorneys specialize in child custody, child support, and visitation. Custody arrangements can be emotionally charged and contentious. We provide advice and guidance to help parents make the best decision for their children. We also work tirelessly to ensure that child support arrangements are in the best interests of the child or children involved.
We understand that divorce can have far-reaching legal implications. In addition to divorce proceedings, we also assist our clients with other legal needs, such as wills, trusts, powers of attorney, medical powers of attorney, and living wills. We take a holistic approach to our clients’ legal needs and provide full-service support during this difficult time.
If you are facing divorce or a related family law matter, we are here to help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced attorneys.
The Clarke Law Office, LLC, practices in the following areas:
- Pre and Post Marital Agreements
What Is An Uncontested Divorce?
In an “uncontested divorce,” both parties have reached an agreement on all issues including but not limited to the following: division of debts, division of all assets, personal property, real property, alimony, child custody, visitation, child support, health insurance, life insurance, attorney’s fees, retirement funds and stocks to name a few.
An uncontested divorce refers to a situation in which both spouses mutually agree to end their marriage and are able to resolve all related issues, such as child custody, child support, division of assets, and spousal support, without court intervention. The specific steps for an uncontested divorce generally are:
- Petition/Complaint: One spouse, known as the petitioner or plaintiff, will need to file a divorce petition with the superior court in your county. The petition outlines the grounds for divorce (such as irreconcilable differences).
- Settlement Agreement: Both parties must reach an agreement on all aspects of the divorce, including property division, debt allocation, child custody, child support, and spousal support (if applicable).
- Acknowledgment and Consent: this is a document where the defendant acknowledges receiving the divorce papers, agrees to the terms outlined in the papers and the Settlement Agreement, and consents to the court’s jurisdiction to proceed with the divorce.
- Consent to Trial: After the 30-day waiting period, if both parties agree to proceed with the divorce, they can sign a document known as the “consent to trial.” This document indicates their mutual consent to proceed without further delay. This document is typically filed with the court.
- Parenting Plan (if applicable): In cases involving children, both parties need to create a parenting plan that outlines child custody, visitation schedules, and other related matters. This plan should reflect the agreed-upon terms and should be approved by the court.
- Finalization: Once all the necessary documents have been filed, the court will review the case. If the court is satisfied that the agreement is fair and reasonable and in the best interests of any children involved, the judge will set the matter for a final hearing. Once a final hearing occurs and the matter is prove up before the divorce, a final divorce decree will be issued, officially terminating the marriage.
What Is A Contested Divorce?
Contested divorces are filed when couples are unable or unwilling to come to an agreement in regards to child custody, visitation, division of assets, insurance policies, and retirement funds to name a few. Once the Complaint for Divorce is filed, discovery will take place to gather the necessary information to prepare for mediation and possibly trial. A temporary hearing may take place while awaiting the final outcome of the case, to decide on temporary child custody, support and visitation, temporary payment of debts, and temporary use and possession of the marital home. Our attorneys can inform you of your legal rights, mediate issues between you and your spouse, represent you at mediation and/or trial, and create a fair settlement agreement.
Our attorneys are ready to assist you with this difficult time in your life. The information provided above is a synopsis of the divorce process. Each client’s situation is different and has unique issues for the attorney to advise you on. Contact our office to speak with a knowledgeable, compassionate attorney about your matter.
COMPASSIONATE, AGGRESSIVE, RESULTS-ORIENTED FAMILY LAW ATTORNEYS
Clarke Law Office, LLC understands the emotional difficulties of what you’re going through. We do our best to make things easier for you while making the family law process as painless as possible.
We offer personalized representation for prenuptial agreements and divorce.
Prenuptial Agreements: We work with you to draft an agreement that protects your assets and business interests acquired both before and during the marriage.
Divorce: We work with you to help you reach your goals in every area of your divorce, including the division of marital assets, alimony, child custody, child support, and visitation.
We pay personal attention to each case while educating our clients throughout the process. You will have direct access to your attorney from the first consultation until the resolution of your case. We listen to your concerns and understand your needs.
We bill two ways and they are hourly billing with a retainer or flat fee billing for uncontested divorces.
Hourly Billing and Retainers or Advance Deposits
Our hourly billing cases require an initial advance on fees or a deposit, and that can range from $2,500 – $10,000 or more depending upon the complexity of your case (usually cases range from $3,000 – $5,000 retainers). You will receive a monthly bill statement reflecting what amounts have been used for services and costs in your case.
Flat Fee Billing for Uncontested Divorces:
If you’re going through an uncontested divorce, you’re likely looking for a simple and stress-free process. That’s why we offer flat fee billing for these cases. Our flat fee includes an initial consultation with an attorney, preparation of all necessary documents, and if needed, one court appearance for finalizing the divorce. With a flat fee, you’ll know exactly what you’re paying upfront and won’t have to worry about unexpected bills.
If your case becomes contested or needs further negotiation or litigation, we will convert your case to an hourly case and this will be clearly spelled out in the attorney-client agreement. At that point, we’ll require an initial advance on fees or a deposit, which will be determined by the complexity of your case. We understand that legal fees can be a burden, so we’ll provide you with a monthly bill statement reflecting what amounts have been used for services and costs in your case.
Usually, for an uncontested divorce with no problems without children or property the flat fee charge is $1700, and for a simple uncontested divorce with children and child support the flat fee is $2500.
Give us a call at 770-450-8003 or via live chat using the box in the lower right-hand corner. Let our scheduling representative know you are interested in an appointment.
Our initial consultations are: $150 and the $150 is credited toward the attorney’s fees when hired.
The Clarke Law Office, LLC assists individuals with family law matters.