Question: I am looking to get an uncontested divorce. But I'm scared that I won't be protected and things can come back and give me problems. So most importantly I want the divorce done right by a good attorney.
I have been married to my wife for about 12 years. But recently her drinking and prescription drug taking has made it really hard to be around her. She's might be bi-polar because her moods can swing and when they do it's really scary for me and our two daughters. I found her passed out in the kitchen after she drank three bottles of wine last week.
On top of that she spends money all the time. Every day she is shopping with her friends in Buckhead, Dunwoody or Cumming and spending cash. I'm worried that we might even have to file bankruptcy because the bills have become too much. She doesn't work and she hasn't worked since our first daughter was born 9 years ago.
I've heard that some divorces can be uncontested. And I think we agree on everything. I know the divorce has to be done properly or it can leave me open to many issues in the future. I've heard you do a lot of uncontested divorces and that's why I wanted to write to find-out about the process and exactly what an uncontested divorce is.
D.G. in Alpharetta, GA
Answer: Yes, we do handle many uncontested divorces. A divorce is considered uncontested if all the issues (child support, child custody, alimony, asset and debt allocation, etc.) are decided and there is no negotiation or even discussion about how they should be handled. If the parties are in complete and total agreement about all issues, then the divorce can be considered uncontested.
Even in an uncontested divorce situation, however, you need a good lawyer. An experienced divorce lawyer can advise you on all of your options, make sure you are getting a fair deal under the law, and either write or review all of the necessary paperwork for the case.
Please remember that even in a so-called uncontested divorce, you need to ensure that your rights are fully protected and that nothing will come back in the future to harm you. You'd be surprised at how many people fail to follow this advice and an “uncontested divorce” winds up costing them a huge amount of money in the future.
Want an uncontested divorce? We can help protect you. Having served as a Magistrate Judge, an Assistant Attorney General and as an Assistant County Attorney has provided us with tremendously valuable experience.
Here at the Sherman Law Group we welcome all questions and try to answer as many as possible on our blog. If you have a question, email it to us and we'll do our best to answer it (we might have to edit it for length). Of course, all questions are anonymous. Please call us at 678-215-4106.