Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Can I Just Use Uncontested Divorce Forms Online?

"An uncontested divorce is when both spouses agree to most, if not all, of the division of assets, finances, and child custody and visitation of minor children. This type of divorce decreases the Court requirements and legal fees dramatically!”

In many divorce cases it is helpful to begin with the uncontested process to see if an agreement can be reached before starting the contested Court process. An uncontested divorce can be quicker, cheaper, and more efficient. The down side of an uncontested divorce, for some, is that, “no blame is assigned to you or your spouse.”
Once you decide you want to start with an uncontested divorce, you need to decide how to proceed legally. You may be able to find some forms online to start the process yourself, but most do not have the specific state or county requirements for your divorce to go smoothly. Local Superior Court Clerks may also have forms available, but they are just that, forms. Also, “the clerk and deputy clerks are strictly forbidden to practice law by statute and are restricted in what they can give advice about or assistance in preparing.” Hiring an attorney to work with you on your specific situation will make sure your full uncontested divorce documents are in order and are suited to your meet your needs while still allowing for a quicker divorce process. 

“The decision to hire an attorney is up to the individual. By law, all Georgia citizens are entitled to represent themselves in court. However, the procedures in court can be complicated and pro se litigants frequently lose cases because they do not understand courtroom procedures.”
You can just use uncontested divorce forms you find online to file for divorce but it may delay the process if you do not have all of the proper county forms, the forms will not address your specific situation, and you will be acting as your own attorney with no legal guidance.  The Law Office of Christine M Bechtold, LLC offers uncontested divorce document production services and legal guidance at reduced flat fees to help you through this process.

Contact the office today for your free initial consultation. 770.466.2700

Monday, June 30, 2014

Independence Day 2014

Independence Day is one of the most important federal holidays in the United States commemorating the Declaration of Independence, which declared our independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain.  Drafted by Thomas Jefferson between June 11 and June 28, 1776, the Declaration of Independence is at once the nation's most cherished symbol of liberty and Jefferson's most enduring monument.”

“What Jefferson did was to summarize this philosophy in ‘self-evident truths’ and set forth a list of grievances against the King in order to justify before the world the breaking of ties between the colonies and the mother country.”

In the Declaration of Independence Thomas Jefferson describes why the Declaration is necessary:

  • "The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States.”

  • "He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.”

  • “He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.”

  • “In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.”
Although celebrated on July 4thevery year, “July 2, 1776 is the day that the Continental Congress actually voted for independence.”

In honor of this important holiday, “The Newton County Judicial Center and the Walton County Government Building will be closed on Friday, July 4,

“All offices, with the exception of those operations required for the comfort and safety of the citizens of Gwinnett County, will be closed on . . . Friday, July 4, 2014.”

The Law Office of Christine M Bechtold, LLC will also be closed on Friday, July 4th in honor of this wonderful holiday, so be sure to email the office to set-up your free initial consultation.