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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.

You are not alone, nor are you the first! The divorce attorneys at our firm have seen our clients through some of the most bitter divorces imaginable.

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.

Contested Divorce

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.

Uncontested Divorce

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
  • Alimony
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Visitation

Amicable Divorce

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.

Divorce Mediation

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.

Indian & South Asian Divorce

We assist with Indian and South Asian divorces as well. Additional factors in these divorces include: foreign property including assets held in foreign bank accounts, physical assets such as gold and silver as well as visa considerations.

Pension Division in a Divorce

If you or your spouse are the recipient of a pension, there are two ways to divide it in a divorce. The first method is to determine a present value of your pension. We determine this value by establishing when you first began receiving your pension, how long you will likely receive it and its current value. This is all determined on the date of divorce, not the date of retirement. If necessary, a CPA will be consulted to calculate this value. The pension is then considered a marital asset just like a 401K or home equity.

Another method to value a pension is to determine how much you would receive as a pension if you were to retire at the time of the divorce. This may be a small amount of your overall pension. When you begin to receive your pension, your ex-spouse would receive a portion of your pension at the time of pension receipt.