If you are a resident of the state of Georgia and are seeking a divorce from your spouse, we at The Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell will proudly represent you before the Court. While certain law firms throughout the state, and indeed the country, allow their personal opinions and religious beliefs to affect their handling of divorce cases, our attorneys believe that nobody should be forced to remain in an unhappy marriage and will work tirelessly to ensure the Court permits the dissolution of the union and divides all marital property in a fair manner.
Caryn Fennell recognizes that a divorce can be both physically and emotionally draining and that all related proceedings, while necessary, can be more than a challenge to survive. If you decide to end your marriage, we will be with you every step of the way and will assign an attorney of suitable skill and experience to guide you through all aspects of the divorce process, including:
Filing for divorce
When you decide to end your marriage, you must file for divorce in order for proceedings to begin. While it is not necessary to inform your partner of your intention to file for divorce, we recommend doing so (although we know that is not always possible). Once all divorce papers have been completed and submitted, the party on the receiving end of the petition is expected to respond to either acknowledge or dispute the request. If you present your spouse with divorce papers, he or she will have 30 days to respond, providing they live in the state of Georgia. If the petitioned partner does not reside in Georgia but does live in the United States, they are granted 60 days to respond to the claim. Parties who reside outside America have a total of 90 days to respond to divorce papers filed against them by a resident of the United States.
When you begin divorce proceedings against your spouse, it may be necessary to seek temporary orders for certain issues which cannot wait for the finalization of the divorce to be resolved. A temporary order can be introduced to regulate a variety of issues affected by divorce. For example, a temporary order can be used to dictate the sale of marital property, custody of children, and child support.
Discovery is the act of gathering information which the Court may deem valuable when attempting to reach a final ruling in divorce proceedings. Discovery is a complex process and generally has major implications on the Court’s decision should the divorce go to trial, which means included evidence must be presented in an appropriate manner. We will use all evidence gathered during the discovery process to craft a compelling argument almost certain to guide the client to their desired outcome.
A final word
The divorce process is indeed a trying one, regardless of the circumstances surrounding each particular case. In certain instances, both parties may amicably agree to all terms and there will only be a few formalities to tend to. Oftentimes, however, proceedings become heated and the result is a series of court battles to determine which party takes what. In the event of the former, we at The Law Firm of Caryn S. Fennell will be there to file your paperwork and walk you through the many intricacies the process. Should you have the misfortune to experience the latter, we will fight for you until a final decision is reached and you can proceed with your life.