Georgia Divorce Attorney
Handling Divorce Cases in Georgia for
Over 20 Years
The divorce attorneys at McLeod Law Firm P.C.,
know that going through a divorce can be a time of great uncertainty
and disruption, and we are committed to making the legal process
as uncomplicated as can be for you and your family. Attorney
David McLeod serves family law clients across North Georgia.
Our law attorneys are located in Gainesville, GA and have
over 20 years of experience with a solid reputation for fair
Mr. McLeods expertise allows him to help and expertly
advise you on all thirteen grounds for divorce regardless
of whether you are seeking a contested, uncontested or an
agreed upon divorce.
If you and your spouse cannot agree on how you
will divide assets, debts or custody
of your children you will need to file for a contested
divorce and the court will then make the final decision on
anything that cannot be settled. To present your best case,
you need an expert family
law attorney specializing in divorce to guide and prepare
you through the process.
McLeod Law Firm P.C. can diligently, with care and understanding,
take you through all the steps that are required to file a
contested divorce in Georgia with your particular circumstances
always at the forefront of the process.
We handle a full range of contested issues including:
Contested divorces are complex and can be a
trying and stressful experience. The issues tend to turn on
the specific facts and circumstances of individual situations;
A contested divorce may result in a trial where the court
takes testimony and evidence is introduced in court so that
the court can determine an appropriate resolution. A person
should never try to handle this without an experienced Georgia
divorce attorney. If you know that you have contested issues,
you should contact our law office to determine your legal
rights so that we can guide you through the process. We will
try to help you resolve the disputed issues. If this is not
possible, we will diligently represent you in a litigated
divorce with compassion and commitment to the best interest
of you and your children.
An uncontested divorce is one where both you and your spouse come to a complete agreement about all the matters surrounding the end of your marriage before filing the necessary documents with the court.
Is an Uncontested Divorce Right for You?
An uncontested divorce may be the right option
for you if you can agree with your spouse about:
- A way to divide up all of your assets; including property, investment funds and retirement accounts;
- A way to divide up all of your debts;
- The payment of spousal support (alimony); and
- If you have children and agree with your spouse regarding where their primary residence will be, how you will share the care of them and the payment of child support.
If you cannot reach an agreement with your spouse alone and still want an uncontested divorce, you can consider mediation. This is where you, your spouse and a neutral third party (usually a qualified family attorney) spend time together discussing the issues that you cannot agree on with the goal of reaching a global settlement of all issues. If an agreement can be reached through mediation, then a divorce decree can be drafted to reflect the terms of the agreement.
The Benefits of an Uncontested Divorce
An uncontested divorce has many benefits. It saves money
and time and keeps emotional stress to a minimum. Where children
are involved, it has the added advantage of minimizing family
disruption and the ability to keep good communication lines
open between you and your spouse promoting peaceful and constructive
How We Can Help
If you feel you can or have reached an agreement with your
spouse it is vital that you have the arrangement reviewed
by a family law attorney specializing in divorce cases.
McLeod Law Firm P.C. can advise you about how a judge might
decide your case and prepare your pleadings (court forms)
and the formal agreement. While legally a lawyer cannot
represent both you and your spouse, we can draft the necessary
legal documents to take account of both of your wishes and
advise you on the implications of the agreement.
If you have already attempted to draft an agreement with your
spouse, McLeod Law Firm P.C. can review the proposed document
to ensure that there are no mistakes or procedural issues
that may prove a problem in getting it enforced or be costly
down the line. We will also advise you about the advantages
and disadvantages of the agreement, your rights as well as
the legal limits Georgia law puts on divorce agreements between
spouses particularly child support, which has mandatory guidelines.
Once the agreement and the other necessary legal documents
are in order, you and your spouse must sign the agreement.
Our lawyers can then file the agreement with the court. All
cases are subject to a waiting period of 30 days. At
the end of that period, the court will review the documents
to make sure they adequately address the legal requirements.
Assuming everything is in order, the court will sign a Final
Divorce Decree and the marriage will be finally dissolved.
McLeod Law Firm, P.C. dedicates itself to guiding clients
with care and expertise to a final resolution in the delicate
matter of divorce. We are here to answer your questions about
the process and help you to move on from your marriage as
painlessly and in the best financial position possible.
CALL (770) 536-0202 TODAY FOR YOUR INITIAL CASE EVALUATION!