Rome, GA asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Georgia

Q: How do my husband and I switch our contested divorce, already served to me, to uncontested? He has a lawyer, I do not.

We separated on the 16th of may, and I was served the petition on the 20th. It originally began as contested so he got a lawyer. I cannot afford one. However, we’ve come to agreement on our own since we still live in the same house, and we’d like to get rid of the contested and make it uncontested. We have one child involved. But we’re on agreeable terms and have come up with our own custody/visitation schedule and everything. What is the process of doing this? I’m moving back home to Alaska on Wednesday the 26th and that is also part of our agreement, that I’d be allowed to move home where my family is and I have more resources. So we’d like to get this switched over and filed before I go. We printed out the required uncontested divorce papers and planned on sitting down with his lawyer Monday morning to ask about this but I figured I’d ask here anyway. We’d like this to be as quick and stress free as possible.

Thanks!

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Regina Irene Edwards
Regina Irene Edwards
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Lawrenceville, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: In order for the case to become uncontested, but parties have to sign uncontested paperwork. You should consult an attorney BEFORE signing anything to ensure that what you are signing actually reflects your agreement.

Michael D. Birchmore agrees with this answer

Homer P Jordan IV
Homer P Jordan IV
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  • Divorce Lawyer
  • Atlanta, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: At times, people think their divorce is uncontested and then when it comes down to it they really have a contested divorce. It would be wise to meet with an attorney who can review the facts of the case in detail and provide you with guidance. That way nothing is missed and you will know if it really is uncontested.

Michael D. Birchmore agrees with this answer

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