Many state have strict residency requirements, that is, require one or the other spouse to live in the state where they are filing for divorce for a certain period of time. In some of these states, this residency requirement also serves as a waiting period.
While Georgia does require individuals to have been living in the state for at least six months to file for divorce, it does not mean that the person has to wait the entire six months before their divorce is complete. If the divorce is considered “uncontested,” then that means that the entire case can be resolved 31 days after the petition has been filed.
What Might Lengthen My Divorce
In an ideal world, an uncontested divorce can be over and done after 31 days. However, our family lawyers know that not every divorce case will pan out the way we envision. Hiccups may occur along the way that can prolong the process, particularly when couples disagree over some critical issues.
Some of the most widely contested matters include:
- Child custody
- Visitation rights
- Child support
- Spousal support (alimony)
- Division of debts or property
You may be able to expedite a decision in some of these cases, such as child custody, by seeking a temporary court order. This will require both you and your spouse to attend a hearing at the courts. Based on the arguments made, the judge may issue a temporary order that can suffice until the terms of your divorce are finalized.
Guiding You Through the Most Difficult of Times
Obviously, divorce is never easy, and many elements can draw out a case much longer than it needs to be. On the opposite end, you may find that your divorce is resolved in a relatively short amount of time. Whatever the case may be, know that our family law attorneys are here for you at this time.
At Oxendine & Sauls, LLC, we are proud to serve the community throughout Metro Atlanta with world-class legal representation and solid counsel for their divorce or family law matter. If you need assistance with resolving your divorce, we are ready to help.
Please contact us at our office in Suwanee by calling (770) 285-1820 to schedule an appointment.