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How Does a Family Court Determine If a Parent Is Unfit?

A judge reviews all evidence presented by all interested parties to determine what is in the child’s best interest. The child’s best interest is the overriding concern for the court. If the judge determines that a parent is unfit, the judge may grant sole physical and legal custody to the other parent. The judge may… read more

How Are Divorce, Dissolution, and Legal Separation Different?

Some states refer to legally ending a marriage as “dissolution of marriage.” Georgia still refers to this process as “divorce.” However, the terms mean the same thing. Some states recognize a legal separation, but a legal separation is different from divorce or dissolution of marriage. With a legal separation, the spouses do not want to… read more

The Steps of the Divorce Process in Georgia: A Guide

Divorce can be an emotional process. But it usually has defined and predictable steps. Understanding these steps can help you cope with the stress of a divorce. Here is a guide to the steps of the divorce process, including insight into the ways that these steps are usually handled by Gwinnett county courts. Preparing for… read more

What Happens If I Don’t Sign My Divorce Papers in Lawrenceville, GA?

Only one spouse needs to file pleadings with the court to begin the divorce process in Georgia. The Complaint alleges one of 13 grounds for divorce, including a “no-fault” ground for irreconcilable differences. A spouse does not need to agree to the divorce for the court to end the marriage. Under the no-fault grounds, irreconcilable… read more