Your relationship came to an end some time ago and you’re looking to get on with the divorce. Ideally, you want this to be as quick and painless as possible. Despite your good intentions, it doesn’t look like your spouse has the same feeling on the matter, and it seems that there are going to be delays.
What are some of the most common causes of divorce delays and what can you do about them?
When your spouse has disappeared
You’ve filed a petition for divorce and are awaiting a response from your spouse. Unfortunately, the reply doesn’t look like it’s coming any time soon because your spouse has left the country. If you don’t get a response, does this mean that the divorce cannot go through?
The good news is that you can still obtain a divorce in Georgia even if your spouse does not respond. You may be able to claim that your spouse has abandoned their marital and family duties, which is a legitimate reason to pursue the dissolution of your marriage.
Complex property negotiations
In Georgia, marital property is divided equitably during divorce. This means that the court will attempt to reach a settlement that is fair to all parties. To do this, the court will need to have an accurate picture of the financial circumstances of both you and your spouse. In some instances, one spouse may attempt to frustrate this process by hiding assets or wrongly claiming that marital property is only theirs. This can cause significant delays.
One of the best ways to prevent delays in your divorce is to have experienced legal guidance behind you. This will help ensure that you obtain a fair settlement in a timely manner.