Filing for divorce is not only a complicated legal process, but it can also be an emotional and stressful experience for both parties. Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, in Cumming, Georgia, can help you file for divorce while working to achieve favorable outcomes in your divorce agreement to minimize your stress and reduce the timeline of the divorce process — including both contested divorces, which might lead to a trial, and uncontested divorces, which can be finalized primarily by filing paperwork with the court.
What Happens During a Divorce?
A divorce may be initiated by one or both partners, depending on the circumstances. The first step in divorce is petitioning the court with a complaint, including the reasons for the divorce and a proposed strategy for property division as well as determining child custody. The divorce petition may be written and filed by a lawyer, who will then be the primary contact for the court.
After a divorce is filed, the other partner will answer the petition within a given period of time. If there is not an immediate agreement of divorce terms, mediation may take place to avoid a trial. When couples are unable to settle on the terms of the divorce in mediation, a trial will be set so that a judge can make determinations on spousal support, visitation, child custody and property division.
Jonathan C. BeardAttorney & PartnerJonathan joined the firm in 2014 and is a graduate of Reinhardt University, Kennesaw State University, and the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law at Faulkner University. As a partner at Miles Hansford and Tallant, LLC, Jonathan's practice primary focuses on ...
Lauren C. GilesAttorney & PartnerLauren Clipp Giles joined Miles & Tallant, LLC in 2009. Her primary practice areas include landlord/tenant law (both negotiating transactions and landlord/tenant litigation), real property disputes, zoning litigation, contract and business litigation, and ...
Brian A. HansfordAttorney & Founding PartnerBrian Hansford is one of the founding partners of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC. With over 15 years of experience, he is the leading criminal defense attorney at the firm and has successfully represented clients facing DUIs, drug violations and felonies, ...
Jonah B. HowellAttorney & PartnerHowell joined Miles Hanford & Tallant, LLC in June of 2016. As a Partner with the firm, his primary practice areas are civil and probate litigation, corporate and business representation, estate planning and local government law. Jonah is a native of ...
Kevin J. McDonoughAttorney & PartnerKevin McDonough, a Partner at Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC, focuses his practice on three areas of law: Family Law, Business Law, and Wills and Estates. He works closely with his clients to help identify the goals that are most important to them and then ...
Deborah Anice PittmanAttorney & PartnerDeborah Anice Pittman joined Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC in 2016 and is now a Partner in the firm. Her primary practice areas are family law and criminal defense; however, she also handles general civil litigation matters and is a certified civil and ...
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Kevin J. TallantAttorney & Founding PartnerKevin Tallant is a Cumming, Georgia native, and is one of the founding partners of Miles Hansford & Tallant, LLC. His primary practice areas include local government law, contract and business litigation, probate litigation, and real property law. Kevin ...
J. Ethan UnderwoodAttorney & PartnerEthan Underwood practices in the fields of land use, real estate, and property tax law, representing developers, as well as individual property owners. He has negotiated numerous zoning and development actions and advises clients regarding environmental ...
Because there are so many factors involved in a divorce, you may wish to consider working with a lawyer to serve as an unbiased resource who can protect your best interests. Legal representation might also reduce the timeline of your divorce and eliminate the headache of filing paperwork with the court on your own. Below, you’ll get a look at some of the specific areas where a trusted family law attorney may be most helpful:
Georgia is not a community property state, which means that one partner does not automatically have rights to the assets and property acquired by the other partner during the marriage. Therefore, property division is based on the financial status of each partner, the future needs of both spouses and any evidence of misconduct during the marriage. An experienced Cumming property division attorney can investigate the details of your marriage to be sure that property distribution does not leave you without sufficient assets.
Also known as alimony, spousal support is often a point of contention in divorce agreements, so you may need a lawyer to preserve your interests and make a case for your financial needs.
Having a lawyer work with you to file for a divorce can ensure that the right arrangements are made for your children in terms of custody and visitation. It can be easy to let personal disagreements influence custody agreements, and this may result in arrangements that are not ideal for your children.
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