Chatham County Family Law – Divorce & Custody

Savannah Divorce Attorney
Jarrett & Price – Trial Lawyers

The Law Firm of Jarrett & Price routinely handles contested and uncontested divorces in Savannah, Chatham County, Georgia. Our office is located just south of Forsyth Park on West Henry Street and we are minutes from the Chatham County Courthouse.

In addition to divorce, our attorneys represent clients facing custody issues, legitimation and adoptions. If you have a family law situation that may require going to Court, do not try to navigate the system on your own. You need a knowledgeable attorney who is well-versed in the law, familiar with the local courts, and willing to fight for your rights.

If you and your spouse are wanting to proceed with an uncontested divorce, our staff and attorneys will work diligently to ensure all your paperwork for your separation agreement, parenting plans and child support worksheets are completed quickly, and that your case moves through the court system as efficiently as possible.

 



Uncontested Divorce: 

Filing an uncontested divorce in Chatham County requires additional steps that are not required in most surrounding counties. This includes a required court appearance in nearly every uncontested case, and complicated filing procedures using county-specific forms.

Therefore, filing a pro se divorce without an attorney guiding you through the process can be frustrating and time-consuming experience. Jarrett & Price will draft all necessary documents, and navigate you through this process to ensure your divorce is finalized as quickly as possible.

What You Need To Know: 

  • Chatham County requires a court-appearance in nearly every uncontested divorce case. This is commonly referred to as a “prove up.”
  • Filing a case in Chatham County requires special county-specific forms which must be filed with your initial pleadings.
  • Court dockets in Chatham County often require a 60 to 90 day wait period before hearings are scheduled.
  • All Chatham County uncontested and contested divorce cases are filed with the Superior Court Clerk at the Chatham County Courthouse, 133 Montgomery Street, Savannah GA 31401.

Contested Divorces in Chatham County

Parties going through a divorce often have numerous questions regarding what to expect in their case. Your expectations are impacted by the unique circumstances of your family, including the length of your marriage, the amount of property you have, whether you have children and their respective ages, whether one party will be moving away creating a long-distance situation for one parent and the children.  There are other circumstances that will impact how your case moves along.

The most important factor in how a case works its way through the system is whether the parties are able to negotiate and compromise or whether they are unable to agree on a resolution.  If the parties are unable to agree, the Chatham County courts require that the parties first attempt a mediation.  A mediation is a process in which the parties and their attorneys meet with a neutral third party who attempts to help the parties reach a settlement on all issues, and sometimes on a few issues.

If the parties cannot resolve their matter at a mediation, then they will have to go to a trial and let a judge determine the outcome of their case.  Chatham County litigants can expect to wait at least 6 months before a case will get into court.

Our attorneys have experience trying cases in the Savannah, Chatham County Courts and fight hard for our clients.  If you are going through a difficult divorce or foresee your case will be difficult, give us a call.


Resources:

What is an Uncontested Divorce? 

Jarrett & Price Divorce and Family Law Home

Chatham County Courts Website

 

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