Divorce Lawyer St. Simons Island, GA
Responsive representation through every step of the process
In our divorce practice, as in our business law practice, Choate Harris P.C. is dedicated to our clients’ success. We measure success in divorce representation based on several criteria: wealth is preserved rather than wasted through legal fees, court costs and unnecessary delays; property is distributed and support is ordered in a truly equitable manner; the settlement or court order serves the best interest of the children; and the settlement or court order is manageable so parties do not have to keep running back to court for modifications. If you are considering a divorce in St. Simons Island, or elsewhere in southeastern Georgia, our experienced and ethical attorneys can provide highly effective representation.
What you should know about divorce in Georgia
Our family law attorneys understand that a divorce can be devastating. In guiding you through the process, we focus on tangible goals that move you toward a hopeful future. Here are just a few points you need to consider before going forward with your divorce:
- Residency requirement — To file for divorce in Georgia, either you or your spouse must have been a resident for at least six months.
- No-fault and fault-based divorce — Georgia allows no-fault divorce if both spouses agree the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” Otherwise, the petitioning spouse must cite one of the 13 grounds for divorce. Many couples prefer no-fault, because it does not require a showing of marital misconduct and therefore allows them to keep intimate details of their marriage private. Others choose to cite grounds as justification, rather than give the impression they left their marriage for trivial reasons.
- Contested versus uncontested divorce — You can obtain an uncontested divorce if you and your spouse can settle all of your ancillary issues: child support, child custody, alimony, and property division. Our attorneys help clients reach agreement through negotiation, mediation or collaboration, and then we draft the agreement to present to court. When the court approves the settlement, the terms you’ve agreed to become the basis for your divorce decree. If you and your spouse cannot reach agreement on one or more issues, those points must be held over for trial. Thus, you have a contested divorce.
- Equitable distribution of property — Georgia divorce courts have complete discretion to divide marital property in a manner that is “fair.” Separate property is not subject to equitable distribution. We advocate strongly for our clients to ensure full disclosure of assets and a careful examination of all factors that can lead to a truly fair decision.
- Child support and custody — Georgia recognizes the right of children to receive support from both parents. Our attorneys are determined to help you obtain support orders that promote your children’s welfare and reflect the reality of the parent’s finances. The court also recognizes that frequent meaningful contact with both parents is generally in the children’s best interest. We work to craft parenting plans that are manageable given the totality of your circumstances and allow you the opportunity to maintain a loving relationship.
No two divorces are the same; our attorneys craft effective strategies to address your needs and circumstances. We are adept at all manner of resolution techniques: traditional negotiation, mediation, collaboration, and courtroom litigation. We work efficiently and cost-effectively to save you time, stress and expense.
Contact experienced legal counsel for divorce in St. Simons Island, GA
If you are considering divorce in St. Simons Island, Choate Harris P.C. is prepared to assist with personalized, reliable representation. Call us in St. Simons Island at 912.324.5216 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. We offer flexible office hours by appointment.