Although every couple initially expects their marriage to last, many still encounter unexpected challenges that they cannot overcome. Most divorces in Georgia can be settled by written “Separation Agreements” before going to trial. The agreement determines who will live in the marital home and who will live elsewhere, who will be responsible for mortgage and other bill payments, how real and personal property will be divided, which parent the children will primarily live with and when the other parent will see the children, how much child support will be paid, and whether spousal support will be paid.
When the parties settle their case through a written agreement, the matter is “uncontested” and will be scheduled for an appearance before the court where brief evidence is provided to establish the court's jurisdiction, the grounds for divorce, the settled matters, and to ensure that the child support set meets the state's guidelines. Separation agreements are almost always accepted and approved by the courts. Agreements that deviate from the guidelines calculation of child support are subject to additional scrutiny.
It takes attention to detail to craft a separation agreement which will not only meet the court's requirements but will avoid the parties' having to return to court for direction on areas not covered by the agreement. We spend the time to cover these issues to try to avoid future litigation.
We offer free consultations, and NMS Law Firm is ready and able to help you have the best divorce possible. Call us at 706-282-4696 or email today for a consultation for cases in northeast Georgia.