Patterson Moore Butler is a well-known and highly regarded law firm serving Forsyth and Dawson County as divorce attorneys who get results.
Contested and Uncontested Divorces
Whether your divorce is contested or uncontested, one thing is certain: people want what they deserve from their marriage. This relative conclusion derives much emotion and despair.
We are experts at resolving matters amicably to ensure everyone returns to a happy, safe and stable environment. When children are involved, their interest remains paramount.
How to Prepare for a Divorce
The Three Types of Divorce
Prior to your consultation, consider which type of divorce is best for you. The three types of divorce are contested, uncontested and amicable.
If you and your spouse are unable to agree on factors such as sharing debt, paying alimony or whether custody of children should be shared, then a contested divorce is likely the method to resolution in your case.
In an uncontested divorce, both parties have agreed upon the terms of the divorce in advance and simply need the assistance of a skilled divorce attorney to correctly file the paperwork. Terms that need to be fully agreed upon (if applicable) include:
- Asset Division
- Debt Division
- Child Custody
- Child Support
An amicable divorce is a low-conflict divorce that is handled out of court.
When you come in for your initial consultation, you do not need to bring anything with you. However, feel free to bring any documents that you believe are important to your divorce case including tax returns, credit card or bank statements, emails and written documents.
High Asset Divorces
Business Valuation & Division
Patterson Moore Butler is a law firm that business owners can rely on to protect their assets and businesses during a divorce.
Business owners who seek our counsel are able to operate their businesses freely while we work in the background to ensure that their business and its assets are maintained as part of their divorce settlement.
If you are the spouse of a business owner, our focus is to make sure you are awarded your fair share of the business. When required, we have forensic evaluators or CPAs to verify that the business is properly valued, and that assets and expenses have not been hidden.
In most counties in the state of Georgia, mediation is required prior to a final hearing or a trial in a contested divorce case. Divorce mediation occurs after the discovery phase, so both spouses will have access to information and documents requested as part of discovery.
Ironically, even during an intense contested divorce, spouses are better able to negotiate the terms of their divorce through a neutral mediator and avoid the need for an unpredictiable hearing before a judge or jury trial. This saves time and preserves assets for both spouses that would otherwise be spent on a bitter and often times disappointing court battle.
Let us shepherd you through this complicated and unpredictable legal process including alimony and child support using tactful negotiation to ultimately arrive at a lasting and binding resolution. That said, if it is not possible to reach an agreement out of court, we are prepared to go to trial and present your case.
How Long Does it Take to Get a Divorce in Forsyth County?
Uncontested divorces can be finalized within a month from the day we file your divorce.
Amicable divorces are flexible divorces designed for clients and can be as quick or long as you and your spouse require. The typical timeframe for an amicable divorce is about 3-4 months.
Contested divorces take the longest and depending on whether you need to go through mediation, formal discovery and need a trial for your case, it can take up to a year or longer to finalize.
Who Can I Bring to My Divorce Consultation?
A common request among clients is to bring a family member, friend or support person to their initial divorce consultation. While you can bring them to our office for an initial consultation, it is best for us to meet with you individually so we can preserve attorney-client privilege. Any third party that attends a meeting between an attorney and a client destroys the attorney-client privilege and you may be asked to disclose the contents of those communications and appointments in the future.