Monroe, GA asked in Divorce for Georgia

Q: If I want to fire my divorce lawyer and file myself, do I dismiss him or ask him to withdraw?

I am in GA and have been trying since the end of Oct 2021 to get divorced from my husband who I have a TPO against for a year. I have no more money to pay and will file Pro Se. We have no minor children and the only thing I wanted in my original request is a divorce (which I paid upfront for a non-contested), my wedding ring set (the only things of value I had after 21 years of marriage) and my maiden name back. My husband did not respond within the 30 days and no response has been filed nor court date requested. I am now believing my rings are gone due to his negligence and I am still very married and we have nothing to divide. My lawyer says that he spoke with my husband and that he doesn't agree to anything but that is because my lawyer had him served with papers asking for the divorce cost and half of everything. I told him I didn't want that and my lawyer told me I had it confused. Now he is telling me our divorce is contested. I have emails of everything. Thank you

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

A: You can tell your attorney that you intend to hire another attorney. Once you hire a new attorney, the new attorney can substitute in the case.

Zachary Taylor Beck
Zachary Taylor Beck
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  • Rome, GA
  • Licensed in Georgia

A: Unequivocally tell your attorney you want to fire him/her. At that point, the attorney should file a motion to withdraw with the Court. Further, it is good practice for your attorney to draft a termination letter and for you to review and sign. However, the termination letter will not be filed with the Court.

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