Your Guide When Responding To Divorce
Whether the divorce papers you were served were expected or not, it is normal to feel a mixture of emotions. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to allow legal counsel to guide you through the maze of petitions and documents you’ll soon be facing, not only to protect your rights and assets, but also to have someone to help you to keep an eye on the big picture. When responding to a divorce, our team of attorneys and professionals at the Teiger Law Center, P.C., can help.
We Can Help You Through This Challenging Time
When you receive your complaint, you will need to respond within 30 days, agreeing to or contesting the terms set forth in the petition. The details of the complaint usually include the grounds for divorce (reason), children ( custody, visitation, support) and financial matters such as separation of marital assets and alimony, all or any of which can be contested. You or your spouse may ask for temporary support (alimony, child custody/support), use of marital home, attorney’s fees or a restraining order. The separation agreement may or may not be a part of the final divorce decree.
Don’t assume that because you are not the plaintiff, you have the disadvantage. Some spouses try to intimidate the other by taking action first, thinking that telling their side first will give them an edge. Georgia courts are most interested in the welfare of the children and the equitable division of marital assets, not who speaks first. Alimony, awarded to either party, if not awarded in the final decree, may not be requested in the future. Infidelity disqualifies a spouse from the right to alimony.
When You Have Questions, We Will Be Here With Clear Answers
Cumming and Alpharetta, Georgia, residents responding to divorce know that the Teiger Law Center, P.C., will provide the best possible advantage, addressing issues of occupation and income disparities, length of the marriage other sources of income, and needs of each party as well as the reason for the divorce.