Divorce And Family Law
When it comes to divorce settlements, an agreement reached by the parties through negotiation or mediation is typically the best outcome. Such an agreement means that the parties retain the greatest control over the process. This is especially important for resolutions that impact any children from the marriage. In contrast, if the case goes to trial, the ultimate disposition is left to the court’s discretion.
Mediation is distinct from negotiation in that there is a qualified third party to direct the conversation. Under Georgia state law, if the parties to a divorce proceeding cannot reach a negotiated agreement, they must attend mediation before a trial can be scheduled. A mediator, however, is not your advocate; you still need an experienced Savannah divorce mediation attorney to champion your interests.
How I Can Help You
As a longtime lawyer representing clients from Savannah, Richmond Hill and the surrounding areas, I never have an agenda with my clients. You know better than anyone the stakes and costs. If it is in your best interest to litigate, I will do that. But if your main concern is simply terminating the marriage as quickly as possible while retaining reasonable assets, I will provide you with the knowledge, tools and counsel to make an informed decision on topics including:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Paternity and paternity testing
- Visitation rights
- Unmarried parents’ rights
- Parenting plans
Many of the most common aspects of divorce agreements are difficult to resolve without legal guidance. Child support, for instance, is calculated based on income. Establishing income for some people is a simple matter of providing a W-2 from their employer. Income for other people, however, is subject to interpretation. Interpretation is also necessary for completing property division. Both parties are entitled to an equitable division of assets, but equitable is not the equivalent of equal, and determining what’s fair can be complicated. Finally, in Georgia, even unmarried couples with children are required to resolve questions of custody, visitation and support. It should be clear, then, that seeking out a knowledgeable attorney is a critical first step in these and many other divorce scenarios.