Marietta, Cobb County, GA Divorce Attorney
Divorce proceedings usually involve intense emotions and significant expense. Our dedicated family law attorney can work with you throughout the divorce process to help minimize the emotional strain and cost normally associated with these proceedings. Having Dean Phillips on your side ensures a resolution tailored to your situation.
Grounds for Divorce
Dean Phillips can help you assess on which grounds your divorce will be predicated. The state of Georgia provides thirteen grounds for divorce, which are listed in O.C.G.A. § 19-5-3. The following twelve are by fault and are cause for immediate termination of the marriage.
- Intermarriage by persons within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity or affinity (related by blood);
- Mental incapacity at the time of marriage;
- Impotency at the time of marriage;
- Force, menace, duress, or fraud in obtaining the marriage;
- Pregnancy of the wife by a man other than the husband, at the time of the marriage, unknown to the husband;
- Adultery in either of the parties after marriage;
- Willful and continued desertion by either of the parties for the term of one year;
- The conviction of either party for an offense involving moral turpitude, under which he is sentenced to imprisonment in a penal institution for a term of two years or longer;
- Habitual intoxication;
- Cruel treatment, which shall consist of the willful infliction of pain, bodily or mental, upon the complaining party, such as reasonably justifies apprehension of danger to life, limb, or health;
- Incurable mental illness; and,
- Habitual drug addiction, which shall consist of addiction to any controlled substance as defined in Article 2 of chapter 13 of Title 16.
The thirteenth ground is for a no-fault divorce in which “the marriage is irretrievably broken.” The Court will not grant the divorce until at least 30 days from the date of service on the respondent (when your spouse is notified of the filing).
Preparing for your Divorce
Dean Phillips possesses the knowledge and experience to counsel you effectively. He will evaluate finances, help divide assets, and assist you in developing a parenting plan. To facilitate the process, please be prepared to answer these general questions:
- What assets do you have (e.g. house, cars, retirement accounts)?
- What debt do you owe (e.g. credit card balance, student loans, mortgage)?
- Do you have children and what are their ages?
- How long were you married?
- Do both of you work outside the home, or is one of you a stay-at-home parent?
What to Expect
During this significant event, let your Marietta Divorce attorney guide you through the legal process and help find long-term solutions that benefit you and your family. Dean Phillips will gather financial documents and other evidence to help determine the division of assets and calculate alimony if warranted. He will also help you draft a parenting plan if you have children, a requirement by the Court, and explain to you what to expect in terms of child support payments. Dean always advocates for the best interests of his clients, providing honest and compassionate counsel for the duration of the case.
Cobb County Uncontested Divorce Rates
- $750 without children (plus $218.50 court filing fee)
- $1000 with children (plus $218.50 court filing fee)
Contested Divorce – Retainers Starting at $1,500
Contact The Phillips Law Firm Today
Regardless of your specific needs, Dean Phillips can provide guidance throughout the process and help you legally acquire all of the assets to which you are entitled through negotiations and/or proceedings. If you reside in Cobb County, Georgia or the surrounding area and have questions regarding divorce or another family law matter, contact The Phillips Law Firm, LLC at (770) 900-9175 to schedule a consultation with our divorce attorney.