Personalized Approach to Resolving Contested Divorce Cases
Going through a divorce can be scary and confusing. You do not have to deal with it alone. An experienced divorce lawyer can be a vital ally during these potentially difficult times. If your family is facing a divorce, the Alfred Law Firm can help you navigate the process. We believe in providing personal attention to each and every one of our clients because we understand that every client engaged in divorce has a unique set of needs and priorities. If you are involved in a divorce, contact our firm to discuss your situation.
What is a contested divorce
A contested divorce is when a couple doesn’t agree to address and resolve marital issues outside of court. There are numerous issues that can lead a couple to a contested divorce. When a divorce is contested, the unresolved marital issues may be decided on by a judge. Contested divorces deserve the attention of an experienced attorney.
Contested grounds for divorce
Like other states, Georgia requires that the spouse filing for divorce cite the appropriate grounds necessary for the court to allow the split. In Georgia, there are 13 grounds for divorce. These include:
- Lack of mental capacity
- Incarceration for over 2 years
- Pregnancy outside of marriage
- Habitual intoxication
- Forced or fraudulent marriage
- Incurable mental illness
- Habitual drug addiction
- Intermarriage of blood relatives to a prohibited degree
- Irretrievable breakdown of a marriage (no-fault grounds)
When a person cites fault grounds (the first 12 in the list above), these grounds can be contested, meaning that if a person is accused of adultery, he or she can defend themselves against the accusation. For this purpose, many people cite “no-fault” grounds to avoid this issue, expedite this part of the process, and get to the important matters at hand.
Contested marital issues
Most contested divorce cases heard in court are because of a disagreement over marital issues. For many, issues like alimony, property distribution, child support, child custody, and child visitation are just too difficult to resolve without the help of the court. Even if a couple can agree to some terms, others are left unaddressed and may lead to litigation. Some contested cases are over just one issue that the parties cannot resolve. If this is the case and litigation cannot be avoided, the court will hear arguments and decide on the contested issues, concluding with a divorce decree.
Contact our firm
If you are getting divorced and believe that your case will be litigated, it is important to have quality legal representation. The Alfred Law Firm understands that contested divorces are impactful to the individuals involved and the family witnessing it. Our goal is to make the divorce process as simple for our clients as possible. We give our clients all the information they need to understand the legal issues so that they can make fully-informed decisions. We also work efficiently and effectively to keep our divorce clients’ costs reasonable and affordable. For a consultation with our firm, contact The Alfred Law Firm today.