Litigated Divorce

Litigated DivorceA litigated divorce is the traditional divorce process that sometimes ends in a public trial.

If you are considering a litigated divorce the Remboldt Law Firm will listen to your goals and help you compare your alternatives, for example an uncontested divorce, a mediated divorce, or a collaborative divorce, and help you form a strategy that feels right for you and your family. If there is a chance of resolving the issues of spousal support, alimony, child custody, child support, and property and debt division, without a trial we will help you achieve that goal. You’ll save money, your time and stress. However, if we have tried everything and cannot reach a fair a settlement through negotiation or mediation, CJ and the Remboldt Law Firm will help you work through the GA court system so that you can take advantage of your right to a trial.

A litigated divorce is the most difficult, stressful, emotionally exhausting, and financially draining divorce process of all your alternatives. If the process ends in a divorce trial it can be personally overwhelming. Fortunately, due to the immense stress, money spent, time wasted, uncertain outcomes, and great risk of loss, most divorces never make it to a trial and are often settled in mediation or on the courthouse steps.

The important aspects of a litigated divorce are:

  • A Judge or Jury makes decisions for you. If you and your spouse are unable to reach a decision, a judge or jury does it for you.
  • A legally enforceable judgment. A decision by judge or jury becomes a legally enforceable decree of the court.
  • No outcome guarantees. If the law is on your side the judge or jury should rule in your favor but there are no guarantees.
  • Judgments are appealable. If after the Judge or Jury’s decision is made you feel the law was misapplied, you may be able to appeal or set aside the decision.
  • Trials are expensive. Some of the costs of a trial are money spent on lawyers, professional evaluations, experts, witnesses and court costs.
  • The process is time consuming. Divorce trials take time sometimes months or even years.
  • Litigation is public. Divorce litigation is not private or confidential.  Courtrooms are public forums, there are transcripts made of the proceedings and a public record is created.
  • Relationships are strained. Trials can further strain relationships between spouses making it harder on children in co-parenting situations

How To Proceed

Call 404-348-4081 and arrange for a free 30 minute telephone consultation, at that time CJ will listen to you and give you some ideas for a path forward.

If you have agreed on a divorce and all the divorce terms, an Uncontested Divorce Attorney can assist you in getting your divorce completed.    In the mean time, you may find the Georgia Child Support Worksheet helpful.  Also, if you are considering an uncontested divorce, you may find the Uncontested Divorce Worksheet helpful in moving forward with an uncontested divorce.