Most of the people who call our office for help ask about what the divorce process looks like and how much time it will take. Every family is unique, and it depends on whether the divorce is contested (parties do not agree on details of agreement); or uncontested (both parties amicably agree on how resources will be divided).
To help you better understand the process, here is a timeline of the steps that will be taken in a typical contested divorce:
Some judges will allow us to request a Motion for Judgement on the pleadings, which means they will approve the document without either party having to appear in court. However, there is typically a waiting period of approximately 30 days after the agreement is signed and filed with the court.
If you and your spouse are amicable and both agree to the resolution of all issues, then your divorce could be considered uncontested. If that’s the case, the process is the same except you most likely will not have a temporary hearing, or discovery process. Some couples can work through the process and while your attorney can not advise the opposing party, we often draft a settlement agreement and then both parties come to our office to sign it.
Atlanta Divorce Law Group