Unfortunately, statistics continue to show that over 50% of marriages end in divorce. There are many reasons why marriages fail, and this eBook the following:
- Georgia Divorce Documentation and Procedure;
- Child Support Actions;
- Contested Custody Actions;
- Contempt actions, and
Let’s begin by discussing procedure and documentation involved in the majority of Georgia’s family law matter.
Permit me to insert this advice: it is not advisable for parties to represent themselves in divorce or custody actions. On more than one occasion, I have seen judges toss cases out of court. Pro Se litigants often do not have their paperwork in order, and judges have little patience, large calendars, little time, and typically are not willing to give "legal advice" to parties appearing in their courts. Once you appear before a State or Superior Court judge, you are held to the same standard (i.e., knowledge of the law and rules of evidence) as a licensed attorney having graduated from law school and having passed the State Bar.
There is an old saying in the legal community: "Any person who represents himself/herself has a fool for a client." Even experienced attorneys will hire legal representation to handle their cases when they are parties in a legal action. Emotions tend to be very high in divorce/custody proceedings, and a party to a divorce or custody action needs an advocate who is thinking clearly coupled with legal expertise to represent them in their contested action.
For more information or to have your questions answered on these or other legal issues, feel free to contact me at (678) 882-7355. Anthony Van Johnson © Anthony Overton Van Johnson & Associates, P.C.