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Divorce

Divorce Attorneys Offering Compassionate Legal Counsel to Families in Alpharetta, Woodstock, and Across Georgia

The end of a marriage can be the start of a new chapter in your life’s story. But that doesn’t mean turning the page is easy. Divorce is perhaps the most emotionally taxing, financially difficult, and practically challenging event you will ever experience. Sadness, anger, guilt, and loss are just a few of the feelings that can overwhelm even the strongest person when years or decades of marriage come to an end. For these reasons, it is imperative that families turn to an experienced team of Alpharetta divorce lawyers.

Questions and uncertainty abound as you try to understand how the process works, what your options are and what your new life will look like. And if you are a parent, your concerns about your child’s well-being only add to the volatile mix. It is not a process you can or should face alone.

North Metro Litigators understand how hard this time is in your life, and know that it can be frustrating, scary and fraught with complicated emotions. We combine legal skill, strategic advocacy, and compassionate counsel to help our clients navigate their divorce journey and provide them with the clarity and peace of mind that can set the foundation for a new, secure and happier life.

Helping Families in Georgia to Minimize Conflict During Divorce Proceedings

Divorce proceedings almost always begin with conflict. The disagreements and arguments that were a cause or symptom of a marriage’s disintegration can and often do continue once divorce papers are filed. In fact, divorce can bring out the worst in otherwise good people and cause them to act in ways that are counterproductive or destructive.

Knowing that ongoing conflict only increases the emotional and financial costs of divorce for both spouses and their children, we endeavor to minimize disputes and reach fair and equitable resolutions to the extent possible. Our Alpharetta and Woodstock divorce attorneys look for creative and practical solutions and use well-honed negotiating skills to obtain results that are the most advantageous for our clients.

Of course, not all disputes can be avoided and not all issues can be resolved through civil discussions. When a spouse or opposing counsel act in ways that threaten our client’s rights or well-being, or if they are taking positions that are unfair or unreasonable, we take a strong and aggressive approach. Our attorneys know what is at stake in a divorce and fiercely protect our clients at every turn.

Affordable and Superior Divorce Representation Throughout Alpharetta and Woodstock

The financial costs of divorce are significant enough without exorbitant attorney’s fees added to the mix. We believe that all individuals facing divorce in Georgia should have access to the highest quality representation. That is why we offer free initial consultations and work closely with clients to establish fee structures that help make that happen.

All clients have the option of hiring us on retainer or for a flat fee. Uncontested divorce cases, divorce proceedings that involve both parties agreeing to the terms of the marriage dissolution settlement or modification of terms – start at just $500. Flexible payment plans, such as installment plans are available to those who need them. Our goal is to provide quality legal services at a reasonable cost.

Offering Personalized Divorce Counsel

Divorce is not simply a matter of two people no longer being married. The challenges of transforming shared lives into two separate ones involve a wide range of issues, all of which need to be resolved before a final divorce decree is entered. For couples with high net worth and complicated asset portfolios, or for those with other atypical circumstances, this can be particularly challenging. But even couples with modest assets or no children can experience rough seas rather than smooth sailing through their divorce proceedings.

In Georgia, divorces are resolved in two primary ways: through an uncontested divorce or through a contested divorce.

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce is one in which both parties have reached a mutual agreement to end their marriage. Typically, the parties have also reached an agreement on the major issues that need to be addressed, such as child custody and support, how to divide assets, parenting time and other important matters. It is the most cost-effective, amicable and quickest way to end a marriage if couples are able to compromise on key decisions that will affect them moving forward. However, parties don’t have to agree on every single aspect of the split in order for an uncontested divorce to be right for them.

If parties are willing to work together and negotiate the terms of the divorce, an uncontested divorce may be a viable option. Several couples often begin the divorce process by filing for a contested divorce, thinking they will never reach an agreement. But with the insights we have developed over our years of divorce practice in Georgia, and with our ability to find solutions even when there may not seem to be any, our experienced team of Alpharetta divorce lawyers can make uncontested divorce a realistic possibility.

Contested Divorce

When parties cannot come to agreement on the major issues to be resolved, the divorce process can become lengthy and complex. Different points of view can evolve into arguments on issues both large and small. Eventually, and in the absence of an agreed resolution, a Georgia family law judge will need to provide the answers. This puts the fate of the spouses and their children in the hands of a black-robed stranger – and the strengths and skills of the parties’ respective divorce attorneys.

Contested divorces require counsel who have courtroom prowess and an unrelenting commitment to take every possible step to get a positive resolution for their client. This includes the ability to expose deceptive acts, such as concealing assets, as well as the skill to craft the most powerful and compelling arguments for the judge.

Divorce Mediation

North Metro Litigators’ divorce attorneys fight tirelessly in contested divorce proceedings while always looking for available opportunities to resolve issues before trial, whether through mediation or other alternative dispute resolution methods.

Divorce mediation is a great option when there is a lot of conflict involved between two parties who are in the process of divorce. Our skilled Woodstock divorce attorneys will help both parties reach divorce terms upon which they can both agree. This can help both parties to preserve a sense of integrity and self-respect.

Divorce mediation can help ensure that both parties survive the divorce with as little stress and headache as possible. The mediator remains an objective third party for both people in the divorce, and both people can express and acknowledge their emotions without delaying the legal process of getting divorced.

Comprehensive and Experienced Representation for All Divorce Issues

North Metro Litigators offer comprehensive divorce representation as to all matters which intersect with the end of a marriage. We take a holistic view of the divorce process, knowing that no issue can be looked at in isolation.

Child custody arrangements will impact child support calculations. Determining what happens with the shared marital home will factor into larger asset valuation and distribution questions. Concerns regarding parental fitness or past conduct can and should factor into visitation protocols.

Our experienced Alpharetta divorce lawyers work to achieve positive outcomes on all divorce-related issues, including:

Child Custody

Parents may make the decision to get divorced, but children must live with the fallout of that choice. They also must build a new life, and how and where they do so can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. We work with parents to craft child custody arrangements that focus on the child’s best interests and ensure that the bonds between parent and child are preserved and strengthened during and after the divorce.

Child Support

Marriages may end, but parental responsibilities do not. Both parents have obligations to ensure that their children have the means and resources to grow and thrive. Those obligations need to be set in child support orders that are fair and truly reflect the respective financial and practical circumstances of each parent. Our divorce attorneys know that some spouses can be tempted to play games with their assets and finances in an attempt to manipulate child support amounts. We don’t let that happen.

Child Visitation and Parenting Time

The moments you spend with your kids are irreplaceable and precious. It’s when memories are made and bonds are deepened. However, the desires of each parent to spend time with their children can often conflict with each other. Sometimes, parents don’t follow the carefully-crafted visitation schedule or purposefully try to interfere with the other parent’s designated time with a child. Our Woodstock divorce attorneys know how special and important parenting time is and the parents we represent know that we will go the distance to ensure that they get the maximum amount of time with their kids.

Alimony

Marriage involves sacrifice and can often leave spouses on unequal footing when the marriage ends. Alimony, also called spousal maintenance, is often awarded in such circumstances, both during the divorce proceedings, for a set period after that, or on an indefinite basis. Whether alimony should be part of the divorce equation at all or determining how much and for how long it should be paid is a complex question involving a full understanding of the law and a holistic consideration of the couple’s conduct and contributions during the marriage.

Asset Valuation and Division

Separate lives do not mean equal distribution of a couple’s assets. In Georgia, principles of “equitable distribution” guide the division of assets in a divorce, and those principles are based on classifying assets as either separate or marital and properly valuing the property to be allocated to each spouse. This is no easy task, especially when complex asset portfolios, retirement and pension benefits, business ownership, or a family home is involved. It can also be complicated when a spouse tries to conceal his or her assets or understate financial resources in an effort to alter the playing field in his or her favor. We know how to expose financial gamesmanship and make sure that everybody’s cards are on the table so that assets are valued and divided equitably.

Legal Separation

Sometimes, both spouses may agree that living together as a couple is no longer desirable, but that divorce is not an appealing option either because of financial, religious, or practical reasons, such as the loss of health insurance. Legal separation is often the right alternative to divorce in these situations. The spouses can work out the various issues between them like in a divorce but still retain the legal rights and privileges that come with being married.

Annulment

Many people incorrectly think annulment is a divorce you can get if you’ve only been married a short time. But while a divorce is the end of a once-valid marriage, annulment is a declaration that the marriage was never valid to begin with. There are very specific and limited bases for obtaining an annulment in Georgia. Where those circumstances exist, our attorneys can guide clients through the process.

Same-Sex Divorce

The U.S. Supreme Court has definitively held that same-sex couples have the same constitutional right marry that opposite-sex couples have, but there are still unique issues that may arise between same-sex couples in the event of divorce. At North Metro Litigators, we provide experienced divorce counsel for same-sex spouses wishing to end their marriage.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are legal contracts that couples enter into either prior to getting married (prenuptial) or after being wed (postnuptial). These contracts outline certain rights and responsibilities for each spouse in the event the marriage fails, including those pertaining to individual and joint assets, child custody, alimony, and other matters. Our divorce lawyers in Georgia negotiate, draft, and enforce pre- and postnuptial agreements between spouses, always ensuring that each individual’s interests are protected.

Divorce FAQs

Are you considering filing for divorce? Do you have questions about your rights? Obtain answers to commonly asked questions about divorce from our experienced Alpharetta and Woodstock divorce attorneys.

Your Divorce is Personal. Your Divorce Representation Should Be as Well.

They may not be found in statutes or court filings, but the emotions experienced during divorce are as unavoidable and impactful as the law. Your divorce lawyer needs to understand that divorce isn’t simply a matter of figuring out how much something is worth or what time your child will be picked up for visitation, as important as those issues are.

Your feelings and worries, questions and concerns are central to how your divorce should be handled. Our divorce lawyers at our Alpharetta and Woodstock locations will listen to your story so that we can fully appreciate how you see your circumstances before we tell you how we see your circumstances. That is how we can develop the approach best suited to addressing your concerns and achieving your goals.

Call the Alpharetta Divorce Lawyers at North Metro Litigators Today

The Alpharetta divorce lawyers at North Metro Litigators provide effective, comprehensive, and compassionate divorce representation at a reasonable cost. Call us today at 770-517-0045 or contact us to arrange for your free initial consultation.