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Everyone knows that divorce is emotionally and financially difficult. It can be hard to feel as though you’re supported through the process with so many moving parts and the feeling of uprooting your life. Many people feel a need to make big decisions alone, leaving them feeling exhausted and lonely. The divorce attorneys at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland LLP are here to help you through this often painful process. Call us for a free initial consultation today.

Divorce 101: What You Need to Know

The process of divorce may feel overwhelming for someone going through it. However, the divorce lawyers at Banks, Stubbs & McFarland LLP can provide you with a knowledge of family law that can get you through a divorce with the best possible outcome. Below is a summary of the main issues that need to be determined in a divorce.

Here are the main issues that need to be determined in a divorce:

Child Custody

If a divorcing couple has children that are not old enough to take care of themselves, these children require parental supervision, financial support, and a safe place to live.

Negotiating child custody involves defining the specific details regarding children who are minors, and may include agreements surrounding with whom the child will live, rules of visitation (especially around holidays), and dividing financial responsibilities. This is by no means an all-inclusive list, but a good place to start.

Dealing with child custody issues can be the most difficult aspect of divorce proceedings. This is why it is so important to seek legal counsel in order to avoid giving up your rights down the road.

Call the law firm of Banks, Stubbs & McFarland LLP today to discuss the specifics of your situation.


While it’s crucial to ensure that any children involved are taken care of, alimony offers support to one spouse if the other makes a significantly higher income.

Alimony is the financial payment from one spouse for the support of another while living separately. It can be a tense topic, but it ensures that each spouse is supported after separation.

If alimony is feasible, the amount depends on factors like spousal needs, incomes, and abilities to support the other. Our attorneys can provide quality legal advice on this issue and fight for your best interests.

Marital Asset Division

Asset division can also be a difficult task of divorce as well. The division of personal assets includes physical belongings and property, but also bank accounts, retirement funds, debt, vehicles, and more. Often, our belongings hold memories and emotions, making the process of splitting them up difficult but necessary.

Usually, an attorney and their client will define what constitutes a “marital asset” and consider “who had what” prior to the marriage, rather than “who gets what” after the divorce. Georgia has no law requiring an equitable division of property, meaning that one spouse can give or take more than another.

With specialized education and experience in family law, our attorneys can advise you on the many issues within the process of divorce and guide you through it. Contact us for help with marital asset division

Child Support

Once the child custody issues are settled, it’s important to decide on financial agreements with the best interests of the children in mind.

Child support often comes in the form of money paid by one parent to another to cover the costs of child-rearing. The amount paid depends upon a number of factors, including the number of children and the spouse’s comparative income.

This amount includes not only daily living expenses, but one-time/special expenses that may arise in childhood, including braces, medical expenses, travel, summer camps, or private school.

This may seem daunting, but our experienced divorced attorneys can help you determine and request a reasonable amount of child support based on your circumstances.

The Four Pathways To Divorce In Georgia

If you are considering going through a divorce, it’s important to be as knowledgeable as possible. Here are the four different ways to arrive at a divorce agreement in this state:

Uncontested Divorce

An uncontested divorce occurs when both spouses agree on how everything should be settled. This is often the fastest and most affordable option, as you can have your divorce finalized within 31 days from the date of filing if you come prepared with a signed divorce agreement.

Paying for divorce is a common sticking point for spouses, but it’s crucial to prioritize a knowledge of the law in order to avoid missing important aspects of giving up your rights. This is why we suggest hiring a divorce attorney to review your agreement before filing for divorce. You may also opt for divorce mediation to work through those final steps.

Contested Divorce

Contrary to the above, this is a divorce in which spouses cannot agree on one or more issues related to the divorce process.

When spouses cannot come to an agreement on their own, their legal team of attorneys, mediators, and the judge make decisions on their behalf. Contested divorces often take longer than uncontested ones, and cost more in attorney and court fees, but are sometimes unavoidable.

Collaborative Divorce

When both spouses agree not to go to court, this is called a collaborative divorce. Instead of using attorneys, they collaborate with third parties like therapists, social workers, and financial professionals to negotiate the various issues of divorce.

These collaborative meetings result in a final divorce agreement that is signed before submission to the courts for legal processing.


Arbitration is another option for couples struggling to come to agreements without intervention. It involves the help of an arbitrator to make final decisions around points of contention. Arbitration can often occur fairly quickly which can shorten the divorce process by helping to achieve a final agreement.

A big advantage of using arbitration is that it allows the spouses to keep their documents private which is perfect when there are considerable assets involved. More often than not arbitration can occur fairly quickly which can shorten the divorce process and help get to a final agreement.

Achieving an Amicable Divorce in Georgia

To achieve an amicable divorce in the state of Georgia, it’s important to communicate your intentions, desires, and boundaries, in order to protect yourself and your rights, and remain open-minded.

Finding the right divorce attorney for this job is an important part of the process towards ensuring your divorce goes as smoothly and respectfully as possible

How To Find The Right Divorce Attorney

Many divorces are hostile and emotionally draining, which is why it is in your best interest to hire a lawyer as soon as possible once you and your partner decide on divorce. This ensures that your legal rights will be protected and your best personal interests will be fought for throughout the process. Even if you agree to an amicable divorce, having a legal professional involved can help ease the complexity and make the process as painless as possible.

Whether you anticipate a difficult or amicable divorce, founding attorney Amy M. Carter has guided many clients through divorces of all kinds. She will help you navigate this process and fight for your rights based on strong legal knowledge. We highly recommend speaking to a skilled family lawyer before filing any paperwork or making any agreements. Contact Banks, Stubbs & McFarland LLP today to schedule a free initial consultation.

About Snellville

Founded as a city in 1923, Snellville Georgia has a colorful and rich history that most people don’t know about.

In 1874, two friends living in London, Thomas Snell and James Sawyer made plans to travel to the New World. After a variety of delays and setbacks, Thomas eventually met up with his friend James who was living in a settlement called New London near Stone Mountain. They started a store called Snell & Sawyer’s Store and even printed store vouchers with Snell’s likeness that could be used to purchase items in the store. Eventually, the area around the store became known as Snellville.

Today the area around Snellville is home to slightly more than 20,000 people. With interesting places to find antiques like Unique Treasures Flea Market, shop at The Shoppes at Webb Gin or grab some sushi at Sakegura, there’s always something to do in Snellville- where everyone is somebody!

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We are located in Suwanee Georgia, but we defend clients throughout Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County. Contact our Atlanta law firm as soon as possible to learn how we advocate for your best interests.