Divorce

Facing the end of a marriage can be overwhelming. Even if you know divorce is the right choice or it has been a long time coming, divorce often feels like a surprise. Suddenly, you must start a complex legal process while dealing with the emotions involved in ending one of the most important relationships in your life. You also have to manage the practical and financial changes that accompany divorce. This combination of complicated issues does not always bring out the best in people. We have all heard the horror stories of ugly and expensive divorces that cause significant emotional and financial harm.

It does not have to be this way.

Porchlight provides you confidence and security as you move through your divorce. We focus on reducing your stress while protecting your rights. Your goals are our goals. We tailor our strategy in each case to ensure that we are working toward what you want. We proactively update you on your case. We are easily accessible, with prompt response times, so you feel reassured at every step of the way. We treat our representation of you as a partnership—you bring your goals and desires, and we bring our experience and knowledge.

We understand that your divorce does not occur in isolation. While you need an attorney who provides excellent advice and advocates for you, that is not enough. You also need an attorney who cares. At Porchlight, our priority is not only protecting your legal rights but also protecting your well being as you go through divorce.

Your legal goals need to align with your life goals—that includes all the emotional, financial, and practical issues that go along with your divorce. We work with you to ensure our legal strategy is serving you well in in the big picture of your divorce.

In a Contested Divorce, the parties have not come to an agreement on some or all the issues involved in the divorce. When a divorce is contested, the process of getting divorced becomes more complicated, so it is essential to have the right attorney at your side.

A contested divorce can be resolved one of two ways: either by agreement with your spouse, called a settlement, or by going to trial in front of a judge. Settlement is the more common path, and it gives you more control over the result and a faster resolution. Our firm will work with you to achieve a settlement that is appropriate and reasonable while still achieving your goals. With the right guidance, even high conflict cases with difficult spouses on the other side can reach an agreement.

Sometimes, agreement just is not possible, and a case must go to trial. If that happens, we will make sure you know what to expect and prepare the best possible case on your behalf to maximize your chances of success.

 

 Flat Fees

We are unique compared to most divorce attorneys in that we charge flat fees. Many family law lawyers will charge by the hour, which makes the cost of a case unpredictable. You deserve to know what your case will cost up front, regardless of whether you settle or go to trial. Our flat fee gives you predictability in an otherwise stressful time.

Because we know divorce is often an unexpected expense, we offer payment plans to those who qualify. In your Legal Clarity Session, we will give you a custom flat fee quote and the opportunity to apply for a payment plan if you want to.

Issues in Divorce

The most obvious goal of divorce is to end a marriage and let two former spouses go their separate ways. But because you and your spouse have built a life together, there are other issues a divorce needs to resolve. Your divorce will address all issues related to:

  • Division of property
  • Diving debt
  • Dealing with alimony issues
  • Child custody
  • Child support

All the details on these issues need to be hammered out—not just the broad strokes. The terms of your divorce will become a court order that both parties must follow.

The internet (and even your friends and family) are full of misinformation on how these issues will be handled in a court case. The information you get from others is not tailored to the specifics of your case—and every situation is different. In addition, while there are laws that guide judges’ decisions in many aspects of divorce, judges also have discretion in how they apply the laws.

At Porchlight, we will patiently explain everything you need to know to feel confident about your case. With our guidance, we will help you understand what outcomes are likely in every aspect of your divorce. We will craft a strategy that gives you the greatest chance at success, whether we are negotiating a settlement or taking your case to trial.

Contested Versus Uncontested Divorce 

In Georgia, there are two types of divorces—uncontested and contested.

What is an Uncontested Divorce?

An uncontested divorce occurs when both sides agree on all matters related to the end of the marriage. Those matters are addressed in a signed agreement.

At Porchlight, we encourage clients to save time, stress, and money by using the uncontested divorce process whenever possible. We are often able to help clients who think there is no other option to a contested divorce to reach an agreement with their spouse so they can have an uncontested divorce.

Even if you have already resolved all issues with your spouse, it is important to have an attorney looking out for your interests. In an uncontested divorce, we will:

  • Ensure the written agreement that you create reflects your intentions
  • No issues have been overlooked
  • None of your agreed upon terms are likely to create issues in the future

Having this type of security at the conclusion of the divorce process is truly invaluable.

What is a Contested Divorce?

In a Contested Divorce, the parties have not come to an agreement on some or all the issues involved in the divorce. When a divorce is contested, the process of getting divorced becomes more complicated, so it is essential to have the right attorney at your side.

A contested divorce can be resolved one of two ways: either by agreement with your spouse, called a settlement, or by going to trial in front of a judge. Settlement is the more common path, and it gives you more control over the result and a faster resolution. Our firm will work with you to achieve a settlement that is appropriate and reasonable while still achieving your goals. With the right guidance, even high conflict cases with difficult spouses on the other side can reach an agreement.

Sometimes, agreement just is not possible, and a case must go to trial. If that happens, we will make sure you know what to expect and prepare the best possible case on your behalf to maximize your chances of success.

Getting Help with the Divorce Process

Divorce is one of the most stressful events that can happen in your life. There are so many decisions to make, emotions to consider, and financial issues to resolve. Having an attorney on your side who truly cares about you is crucial to your success. Porchlight will hold your hand and guide you every step of the way.

Contact us today for your Legal Clarity Session. We look forward to serving you.

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Decatur, GA 30030