Georgia Uncontested Divorce
Fees & Procedure
GEORGIA UNCONTESTED DIVORCE PROCEDURE
To help you and your spouse organize your agreement we will send you a free Settlement Agreement by the Parties. Please request a free preliminary settlement agreement on the Contact Us page.
Once you and your spouse have reached an agreement following the form I send you, I will prepare all the necessary divorce documents, which will have to be signed and notarized by both parties. I will then file those documents with the court and follow your case through to the final hearing, where I will represent you personally. (Only the Plaintiff need appear.) In cases without children a final hearing is not necessary. Please inquire if you prefer not to come to court. After the hearing I will send you a file-stamped copy of the Final Judgement and Decree of Divorce. At that point your divorce will be final and you will be free to go on with your life as a single.
- I will send you by email a preliminary agreement form called “Agreement by the Parties”. It will be in Word format, so that it can be filled out on your computer or tablet and returned to me by email.
- In 24 hours I will send you the final documents that will have to be signed and notarized by the parties. These include the complaint, verification, acknowledgment of service, agreement to try at first term, the settlement agreement, and waivers and affidavit of maiden name change if requested (at no charge). In cases involving minor children, I will also prepare and send you the child support worksheets and schedules. The parents must attend the divorcing parents seminar (see the Resources page for a link).
- Once I receive the original signed and notarized documents, I will file them electronically and the waiting period of 31 days will begin to run. After the 31 days have run, I will schedule a final hearing (if you have children) and represent the plaintiff personally. Only the plaintiff must appear. Typically, I schedule the final hearing at 1:30 p.m. to avoid the stress of traffic and parking. The hearing itself takes about 20 minutes. If no minor children are involved, there will be no court appearance; I will file a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings requesting that the Judge grant the divorce without a hearing.
- After the hearing or the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings, I will send you a file-stamped copy of the Final Judgment and Decree. The divorce will then be final. After the divorce is final, you may request certified copies of the decree from the Clerk’s Office at any time.
- I offer free consultations by email and telephone throughout the divorce process. The documents I prepare are not the cookie-cutter products available from online services. I prepare them personally and ensure that they will not leave you stranded with problems after the divorce. Overall, my aim is to make sure you obtain a divorce quickly, inexpensively, and with the least stress.
- You will receive links to download file-stamped documents directly from the Clerk’s Office.
- We will provide a quote if your divorce involves complex issues, multiple properties, 401(k) transfers, division of defined benefit pensions, military pensions, and other special terms. Note that a home, even if in one spouse’s name only, must be included in the settlement agreement, since the other spouse may have an equitable claim to it even if the other spouse is not on the deed or mortgage.
- In uncontested divorces without children there will be no court appearance. A Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (MJOP) will be filed and a request sent to the assigned judge to sign the Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce.
The Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (MJOP)
The Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (MJOP) procedure is as follows. After 31 days from the date of filing, I will send the plaintiff a Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings (MJOP) with an Affidavit. The Affidavit (one page) must be signed and notarized and sent to me along with all the other documents by UPS or priority mail. I will then send the filed motion and the pleadings to the assigned judge requesting that the divorce decree be granted. The whole process from the date of filing takes 31 days + 2-3 weeks, depending on the assigned Judge. When I receive the signed Decree from the Judge, I will forward a scanned copy to the Plaintiff.
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COST OF AN UNCONTESTED DIVORCE IN GEORGIA
Court Costs and Fees
- $495 – for a divorce without minor children; no court appearance (a motion for Judgement on the Pleadings will be filed). TOTAL with all fees and court costs: $750.
- $995 – for a divorce with minor children; generally no court appearance necessary. TOTAL with the Motion for Judgment on the Pleadings): $1250.
Note that actual fees may vary depending on your specific case. The E-Filing court cost is $255 and is included in the totals above. In cases with children, if a court appearance is necessary we will represent you for an additional fee $350.