What Does an Uncontested Georgia Divorce Cost?
There are two questions that always we get from our clients:
How much does a Georgia uncontested divorce cost and how long is this divorce going to take?
Our typical fee for an uncontested Georgia divorce without minor children is $425. However, we charge a little less in some counties. For example, our fee for a uncontested divorce in Camden County and Glynn County is just $299 for cases that do not involve minor children.
For a Georgia uncontested divorce with minor children, our typical fee is $850 but in some counties we charge a little less. In others we must charge more due to required court appearances. For instance, in Camden County and Glynn County or fee is just $699 for uncontested divorce cases with minor children. However, in Cobb County, we charge an additional $350 for a Cobb County uncontested divorce if minor children are involved and if a hearing is required. We try really hard to avoid a hearing in all cases. But, the decision of whether a hearing is required is up to the judge to whom your case is assigned. If a hearing is required, an attorney will attend the hearing with you.
Our fees do not include filing fees and other court costs. Court costs usually do not exceed $250.
How Does Our Uncontested Georgia Divorce Cost Compare?
The cost of an uncontested Georgia divorce if you represent yourself in court may be as little as about $250 including the court costs. However, some attorneys charge their clients a fee of over $3,000 for an uncontested divorce in Georgia. But, using our process, our fee is much lower. Of course, that assumes that you start with the plan and desire that your divorce is going to be uncontested. If you start the process as a contested case and then later settle it as an uncontested divorce, the cost will be much higher – basically the same as a contested divorce. So, if pays to do your research and select the right attorney for your uncontested divorce. Even if you decide to represent yourself in the divorce instead of hiring an attorney, the court costs alone will be over $200 due to the filing fees, service fees and similar court costs.
To have an uncontested Georgia divorce, you and your spouse must agree on all essential issues in advance of filing the divorce proceedings. Basically, this means that you both sign a marital Settlement Agreement and all other documents necessary to file the uncontested divorce. Using our process for a Georgia uncontested divorce, your spouse will not be “served” by the Sheriff. Serving your spouse adds to the cost and aggravation of a divorce so we eliminate it. Instead, your spouse simply signs a document acknowledging receipt of the uncontested divorce paperwork that we prepare for you.
If you and your spouse do not agree on the issues in a Settlement Agreement, you do not have an uncontested divorce. Even relatively simple divorce cases can turn out to be lengthy and expensive if emotions or other factors prevent one (or both) of the parties from agreeing on the details of a Settlement Agreement.
Affordable Uncontested Georgia Divorce:
It is our objective to provide each client who wants an uncontested Georgia divorce with an inexpensive, fast, high-quality and dignified divorce – an affordable uncontested divorce. Fortunately, in the overwhelming majority of our cases we succeed. Naturally, that means that our client and his/her spouse must have the same objective in mind and do not want to spend a lot of money on the divorce process. Instead, both parties simply want a decent, fair and affordable uncontested divorce. That attitude will enable you to greatly reduce the cost of your divorce.
We have tailored our process to produce an affordable uncontested divorce. We always represent our clients in uncontested divorces for a low, flat fee. You will know exactly what you will pay for your uncontested Georgia divorce before we start the process. There are no hidden fees or costs.
While our fees do not include court costs, we tell you exactly what the court costs will be for your divorce case during out initial consultation.
Low Cost Uncontested Georgia Divorce:
We represent clients using our uncontested divorce process in 45 Georgia counties. Our fee varies somewhat from county-to-county and also depends on whether you and your spouse have minor children together. The typical flat fee is $425 for an uncontested Georgia divorce with no minor children or $850 if there are minor children involved. But, we vary our fee slightly depending on the county where the divorce is to be filed. If minor children are involved, our fee includes preparing a Parenting Plan and also all the Child Support Worksheet. Both of these are required by Georgia law if you and your spouse have minor children together.
Court costs are a significant part of the cost of an uncontested Georgia divorce. Our flat fee does not include the court costs which include the filing fee and all costs of getting your case actually processed by the Clerk. Again, this varies from county-to-county. However, the typical court costs for an uncontested Georgia divorce are $250. That includes the filing fee, e-filing fee, postage, copies, service fees, etc. that the Clerk charges in a divorce.
Do You E-File the Uncontested Georgia Divorce?
Yes. Whenever possible, we e-file the uncontested divorce documents for our clients. E-filing saves time and helps us move the uncontested divorce through the court system much more efficiently. E-filing costs slightly more than manual filing but it is well worth the small additional cost. Most Georgia counties permit us to e-file divorce cases. However, a few of the counties in which we practice still require manually filing a divorce case.
Cost Changes Coming for Georgia Uncontested Divorce Matters
First of all, we do not like to have to charge more for uncontested divorce cases and our clients don’t like to have to pay more for them. But, sometimes external events force us all to make changes we really do not want to make.
Effective January 1, 2019 a new Georgia law goes into effect that will affect court costs somewhat. Not only will we be required to e-file all of our divorce cases but the law also changes the way that courts and e-filing companies can charge for the costs of e-filing. Overall, we are fans of e-filing because it saves paper, postage and time compared to manual filing. But, e-filing is not free. The total effect of the new e-filing law that goes into effect on January 1, 2019 is to increase court costs by about $20. Our fees are low and we simply cannot afford to pay this increase in court cost for our clients. So, court costs that our clients must pay will increase from $250 to $270 for every uncontested divorce. In some cases the actual court costs are going to exceed $270 but, when that happens, we have decided to pay the extra court costs our of our own pocket.
Also, effective January 1, 2019 we are going to re-align our flat fee that we charge so that the fee is more consistent from county-to-county. In most counties, there will be no change at all. But, in a few counties where we have not increased our fee for several years, the fee will go up by $26 (from $399 to $425) for cases that do not involve minor children. For cases that do involve minor children, we are going to increase our fee in a few counties from $799 to $850. However, for Camden County, Wayne County and Glynn County, we are not going to change our fee at all. For those three counties we will continue to charge $299 for uncontested divorce cases that do not involve minor children and $699 for cases with minor children. These fees are for a typical case. If any particular case in more complex, we will still reserve the right to charge you an increased but reasonable fee. We are committed to continuing to provide the best value for uncontested divorce in the State of Georgia.
What it the Total Uncontested Georgia Divorce Cost?
If you have unusual issues, the total cost of any particular uncontested divorce may vary from the typical cost. However, using our uncontested divorce process, the total cost for an uncontested Georgia divorce with no minor children is usually $675 ($425 for our fee and $250 for court costs). The typical total cost for a Georgia uncontested divorce with minor children is $1,100 ($850 for our fee and $250 for court costs).
But, in some counties (including Camden and Glynn) our fee is just $299 for an uncontested divorce with no minor children. So the total cost of an uncontested divorce in those counties is only $549. We now also handle uncontested divorce matters in Camden and Glynn County if minor children are involved and the total cost (including court costs) is only $949 ($699 for our fee plus the court costs of $250).
How Much does a Military Uncontested Divorce Cost in Georgia?
A Georgia military uncontested divorce involves active duty or retired military service members and their spouses. We use the same basic process for a military uncontested divorce as for a civilian Georgia uncontested divorce. But, we can tailor the process as necessary to make it possible to move the case forward even if you or your spouse is overseas or deployed. We address the unique issues in military divorce without reducing the quality of the outcome for your uncontested divorce and without adding unnecessary cost. Using our process, the cost of an uncontested Georgia military divorce is the same as for a civilian Georgia uncontested divorce.
Start Your Affordable Georgia Divorce:
Our objective is to not only provide you with an inexpensive Georgia divorce but to also reduce the stress of a divorce. An uncontested divorce costs less, is quicker and less stressful than having to go to court and have a judge decide the divorce issues.
We can help you finalize your negotiations with your spouse and ensure that the terms of your divorce Settlement Agreement leave you with a fair amount of assets and property. You can start the process online using our Client Inquiry Form. That is one way we keep the cost of an uncontested divorce as low as possible. Then, for answers to your specific questions and to get a firm quote on the cost of your Georgia uncontested divorce, just call an experienced Georgia divorce attorney at (855) 353-4727.