Question: My husband wants to get a divorce and I want to know when I should hire a divorce lawyer. We live in Roswell, Georgia and we've been talking about breaking up for several years and he said that he's hired an attorney and that I don't really need my own lawyer because he'll be fair.
We have 3 small kids and I haven't worked since we got married, which was the same year I graduated from Georgia State University. We own a house here in Roswell and a beach house in Florida. We have a lot of debt from these rental houses that my husband buys and tries to fix-up and rent and from his gambling problem.
We're getting divorced because he's having an affair with a lady who works at Avalon, the big development in Alpharetta. I think she works at a restaurant or maybe a store. I know they're seeing each other because I saw pictures that she sent him and a movie that they made. It was disgusting and it was porn. We tried counselling and the therapist said I needed a divorce because my husband wasn't trying and he seemed like a jerk.
He says that he'll be fair in the divorce but I don't believe him because he's a liar. He was convicted of insurance fraud and did some time in jail, but that was a long time ago. My parents never liked him and he'd always make weird comments to my mother, like he was hitting on her or something.
So now that we're definitely getting divorced, I'd like to know if I need a lawyer and when I should get one.
E.A. in Roswell, GA
Answer: If you are getting divorced you should hire a good divorce lawyer. An attorney can guide you through Georgia's complex divorce law and advise you on such important issues as child custody, child support, alimony, as well as the valuation of assets and how to best split up retirement accounts and marital debts.
Every day we get calls from people who tried to do their divorce themselves, without hiring an attorney, and made mistakes that came back to haunt them. And these errors are often very costly financially. They can also impact a person's ability to spend time with their children.
The best time to contact a divorce lawyer is before a divorce is even filed. That way you can discuss the best tactics and strategies to get the best results possible for your situation. But if you've been served with a divorce action, you definitely need to speak with a divorce attorney immediately.
As Roswell divorce lawyers, we're here when you need us. And we're here for you 24/7. Our phone number is 678-215-4106.
Our legal experience makes a huge difference. We've been a Magistrate Judge, an Assistant Attorney General and a Senior Assistant County Attorney.