Video: First Step in the Divorce Process in Georgia

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Are you wondering what the first step is in the divorce process after making the decision to move forward?

Divorces can be emotional. If you have an experienced family law attorney by your side, it will help keep you focused on the technical aspects of a divorce. Hiring a lawyer can significantly impact your case’s outcome. If you decide to hire an attorney to start the process, here is what you can expect.

The First Step in the Divorce Process: The Initial Consultation

First, you should schedule a consultation with a reputable and reliable family law firm. During this meeting, you will gain valuable insights into various aspects of the divorce proceedings that are specific to your situation. The consultation should cover a few key points, including:

Child-Related Matters:

Your consultant will ask several questions to help determine a parenting plan and custody arrangements for your child or children. You will be asked questions about your child(ren)’s school(s), extracurricular activities, and any childcare expenses. You will also need to share any wishes you have regarding child custody during the consult.

Asset and Debt Assessment:

Next, you will be asked for information about all your assets and debts. We will also ask what your goals are for dividing them. Be prepared to answer questions about your home and its equity, any retirement funds, vehicles, and your bank account(s) during the consult.

Other Miscellaneous Information

Additionally, during the consultation, we will obtain any other relevant information. You will likely be asked questions about:

  • Your medical history
  • Your child(ren)’s medical history, if applicable
  • Any drug/alcohol use

While this may seem invasive, this is for our team to prepare for anything that may arise throughout the divorce proceedings. The more we know and can prepare for, the better we can represent you during your case.

Filing Your Complaint for Divorce

After the first step in the divorce process (your consultation), if you decide to hire us, the next step will be filing your complaint for divorce. This document officially initiates the divorce. It outlines the grounds for divorce, what relief is sought, and other pertinent details specific to your case.

Every Divorce Process is Unique

Finally, it’s important to note that every divorce case is unique. There is no one-size-fits-all approach. There are several different scenarios that can move forward after the initial complaint is filed. In some cases, the spouses settle before having to go to court, or perhaps through mediation. In other instances, cases can drag on for months, or even years. The divorce attorneys at Hall & Navarro always seek to provide efficient and cost-effective services for our divorce clients, all while putting in every effort to obtain a positive outcome.

If you have decided to take the first step in the divorce process and are in or near Statesboro, Springfield, or Swainsboro, GA, contact us to schedule your consultation. Our firm has years of experience with a wide variety of divorce clients. We are here to listen to the details of your case and develop a clear plan of action to move forward.

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Martha Hall, Family Law Attorney in Springfield, GA

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Martha Hall

Paige Navarro, Family Law Attorney in Statesboro, GA

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Paige Navarro

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