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You've filed for divorce: now what?

As any person who has gone through the divorce process knows, a divorce is not finalized overnight. However, most people going through the process are doing it for the first time and may not know what to expect. For instance, if you are considering a divorce or think your spouse might be filing for divorce in the near future, you might think that once that petition is filed, the divorce is granted.

This is not the case. To begin with, there are many legal requirements in Georgia including residency and waiting periods. Further, it can take several weeks or months to resolve the many issues that need to be addressed before a divorce can be considered final. Being prepared for this can help you make the necessary adjustments and understand your legal options.

To begin with, you or your spouse must be considered a Georgia resident to file for divorce here. In order to do that, one of both of you must be living here for six months. 

After those six months have passed, you can file for divorce but the process itself does not begin for at least 30 more days. This is referred to as a waiting period and it is intended to give people time to cool down or change their minds and reconcile.

It is at this point the divorce can proceed. You will need to resolve matters involving property division, custody as well as child and/or spousal support. In some cases where divorcing spouses are amicable and able to work through these matters collaboratively, this can all be resolved fairly quickly. However, in contentious divorces where spouses cannot come to an agreement on one or more of these issues, the process can drag on for several months when the courts get involved.

Between the times you file for divorce and when the divorce is considered final, there are many complications, frustrations and questions that can arise. Some may be emotional obstacles preventing you from making some difficult decisions; others may be in regards to navigating the complicated legal system. Having an attorney to answer your questions and guide you through the process can prove to be a very valuable resource.

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Margaret Gettle Washburn, P.C.
4799 Sugarloaf Pkwy
Building J
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

Phone: 770-676-1191
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