Newnan Divorce Attorney Provides Aggressive Representation
Compassionate counsel focused on your goals and your future
If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, an experienced divorce attorney can make all the difference in the terms of your settlement or court order. At the Law Office of S. Mark Mitchell, LLC, I understand the emotional stress of divorce and work to give you peace of mind. By providing close, personal attention, I learn all about your circumstances so that I can advocate aggressively for you. By identifying your goals for life after divorce, I can also suggest the most appropriate strategies for moving forward. As my client, you can be confident that you’ll not only get through this turmoil, but you’re going to emerge in a secure position to take charge of your future.
Detailed attention to divorce issues in Georgia
When you retain my services for your divorce, you receive focused attention to your goals for resolving each issue. Major issues in divorce include:
- Child custody and visitation — Georgia law treats parents equally and awards child custody on the basis of what the court decides is in “the best interests of the child.” Legal custody refers to decision-making authority, and physical custody entails the obligations associated with providing a home for the child. A court may award either type of custody jointly or solely.
- Child support — Georgia state guidelines determine basic child support based on parental income and the number of children. However, courts have discretion to depart from the guidelines under certain circumstances. Having an experienced attorney who understands these deviations and they ways in which they apply to your particular circumstances can make a tremendous difference in the amount of child support you receive, or are required to pay.
- Alimony — Spousal support in Georgia is gender-neutral and entirely dependent on the parties’ financial circumstances. Permanent alimony, which is becoming increasingly rare, is generally reserved for long-term marriages and situations in which a spouse cannot become self-supporting. A court can order alimony to repay a spouse for sacrifices made during the marriage or to temporarily support a dependent spouse who must eventually become self-supporting.
- Property division — Georgia is an equitable distribution state, so the court attempts to divide property in a manner it perceives as fair under the circumstances, rather than on a strict 50-50 basis.
I also offer candid advice on whether you and your spouse can file for an uncontested divorce or resolve contested issues through divorce mediation.
Strong advocacy throughout the equitable distribution process
The equitable distribution process has many stages that require attention to detail and strong advocacy:
- Inventory — Spouses are required to make full disclosure of all assets and debts. I use the discovery process skillfully to compel complete disclosure and prevent your spouse from hiding property.
- Assignment — The disclosed assets and debt are divided into two categories: separate property, which belongs to one spouse and is not subject to distribution, and marital property, which is distributed. Controversies often arise over assets and debt that don’t fit neatly into one category.
- Valuation — All assets in the marital category must be assigned a value. These assessments are often debatable. I engage qualified financial experts to give the accurate valuations needed for fair distribution.
- Distribution — The court considers several factors in determining how large a share of the marital estate is appropriate for each party. I present all the relevant information necessary to ensure the court considers factors favorable to you.
Depending on the size of your marital estate, this process can be relatively quick or quite drawn out. However, since property division is not subject to a later modification, I do all I can to ensure a fair result.
Contact a determined advocate in Newnan for divorce representation
Divorce is a challenging process on many levels, but an experienced and concerned attorney can make a great difference in the outcome. At the Law Office of S. Mark Mitchell, LLC, I work diligently to achieve your goals so that you can look confidently toward the future. Call 470-344-8550 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation.