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MARIETTA FAMILY LAW
ATTORNEYS

One of Marietta’s Top-Rated Firms

Family Law Attorneys

Serving Atlanta, GA & Surrounding Areas

Hobson & Hobson, P.C. is focused on helping their clients make the best legal decisions during the most challenging time in their lives. Hobson & Hobson, P.C relies on its special litigation training and over 30 years of combined experience in divorce and custody cases to provide each client with an amicable, efficient, and effective outcome while fighting for your parental rights and protecting your finances.

While bringing empathy and compassion to each case, Hobson & Hobson, P.C. will not shy away from an aggressive approach to protect your children, assets, and earning capabilities. Our firm understands that a swift, peaceful and amicable resolution is best for your family; however, we are unrelenting in our advocacy, and aggressive in our trial tactics, to ensure and protect your family’s future.

30+ Years

Combined Experience

5  Convenient

Locations

Marietta

Divorce Lawyers

Hobson & Hobson, P.C. is focused on helping their clients make the best legal decisions during the most challenging time in their lives. Hobson & Hobson, P.C relies on its special litigation training and over 30 years of combined experience in divorce and custody cases to provide each client with an amicable, efficient, and effective outcome while fighting for your parental rights and protecting your finances.

While bringing empathy and compassion to each case, Hobson & Hobson, P.C. will not shy away from an aggressive approach to protect your children, assets, and earning capabilities. Our firm understands that a swift, peaceful and amicable resolution is best for your family; however, we are unrelenting in our advocacy, and aggressive in our trial tactics, to ensure and protect your family’s future.

30+ Years

Combined Experience

5  Convenient

Locations

Our Family Law

Areas of Practice

Separations
& Divorce

Bringing a marriage to an end isn’t easy, we’ll help you through each step.

Child
& Custody

Working through how minor children will split time between parents is critical.

Mediation
& Guidance

Bringing a marriage to an end isn’t easy, we’ll help you through each step.

Alimony &
Spousal Support

Alimony, unlike child support, is dependent on a number of factors. We can help.

Georgia's Divorce Process

Divorce can be one of the most stressful periods in your life. In addition to the emotional drain it causes, the uncertainty of what lies ahead adds to the stress you are facing. While the “big four” issues in a divorce (custody, child support, alimony and equitable division of assets) are addressed throughout the site, a client’s understanding of the divorce process helps them gain the necessary knowledge to know what to expect when initiating a divorce.

 

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  1. Complaint

    When one party decides to initiate a divorce, they file a Complaint for Divorce, which is simply a formal pleading that puts the Court and their spouse on notice that they are seeking divorce and are making specific requests related to custody, child support, alimony and equitable division of assets. One must understand that Georgia is a notice pleadings State. In short, the party seeking divorce is only required to provide enough information within the Complaint to put the Court and their Spouse on notice as to why they are seeking a divorce and what they seek as it relates to custody, child support, alimony and equitable division of assets.
  2. Service

    Once filed, the non-filing party must be served with a Summons and Complaint for Divorce. This may be achieved by personal service, or Acknowledgement of Service. Personal Service is achieved when a Sheriff Deputy or Private Process Server personally serves the non-filing spouse with the Summons and Complaint for Divorce. However, based on the circumstance of your case, it may be applicable to ask the non-filing party to sign an Acknowledgement of Service, which is filed with the Court and allows the non-filing party to waive their Constitutional right to personal service.
  3. Answer

    Once a party is formally served with a complaint for divorce, he/she usually has 30 days to respond to the filing with an answer. In the Answer, the non-filing party simply admits or denies the allegations contained within the Complaint. Moreover, the non-filing party has an opportunity to file a Counterclaim for Divorce, requesting the Court grant them a divorce based on their alleged grounds for divorce. Most importantly, a non-filing party is better off filing a Counterclaim for Divorce to preserve their right to proceed with the divorce action if the filing spouse decides to file a dismissal of their Complaint. Failure to file a counterclaim will not eliminate the non-filing spouses ability to proceed with the divorce; however, they will be required to pay the County filing fee and service fee, which would be unnecessary when proceeding on a Counterclaim for Divorce.
  4. Discovery

    Discovery is known generally as a six month period when both parties have the power to request the other party for specific documents and questions to build their theory and arguments related to custody, child support, alimony and equitable division of assets. While the discovery process typically last for approximately six months, this period is subject to shortening or lengthening by the court. During this time period both parties can send written questions to each other (called interrogatories), request documents from the other person (requests to produce), ask the other party to admit that certain statements are true (requests to admit), and formally sit down with a court reporter and ask the other party (and others) questions that are relevant to the divorce (depositions). The goal of this process is to learn valuable information that will likely influence the outcome of case by gaining valuable information and documentation to establish your arguments based on Georgia law.
  5. Temporary Hearing

    Georgia Courts understand that immediate resolution to certain stressful issues related to a divorce need to be temporarily resolved to allow your family structure and guidance during the divorce process. As such, either party can request a temporary hearing to address immediate concerns prior to a final trial. In most cases, questions related to where the parties will live, interim child support or alimony, and temporary custody/visitation decisions are made at this type of hearing. While this hearing is subject to revision on a final basis, a temporary hearing sets the precedent for the case. As such, effective representation and preparation by an attorney is recommended as a Temporary Order may be in place for months, if not years.
  6. Alternative Dispute Resolution

    The phrase "Alternative Dispute Resolution" or "ADR" refers to any method of resolving a legal dispute other than litigation. Several counties and jurisdictions throughout the State of Georgia has established an Alternative Dispute Resolution office, which is responsible for working with judges to ensure each case complies with required mediation prior to reaching a final trial. While this provides another step to the divorce process, it is an amicable, cost effective means for parties and their representatives to get in a room with a neutral mediator and resolve their outstanding issues.
    While Alternative Dispute Resolution is often effective, there are different methods that may be more beneficial depending on the specific circumstances of your case.
    Mediation
    Mediation is a form of alternative dispute resolution where a neutral or impartial person, aka a mediator, facilitates settlement discussions between the parties. The mediator is a highly trained practitioner, who is typically a licensed Georgia attorney who specializes in divorce mediation, that will listen to both sides of the case and assist an amicable resolution. Mediation is a non-adversarial system that eliminates the pressures of convincing a judge that your case is better than the other, and allows both parties to focus on compromise. If successful, both sides will reach a settlement on major issues related to the divorce. Most importantly, the parties are in control of the outcome and are not relying on a Judge to decide how their life and family will live following the divorce with regards to issues related to custody, child support, alimony and equitable division of assets.
    Arbitration
    Arbitration is the opposite of mediation in many ways. Arbitration is a form of adjudication where one arbitrator or a panel of arbitrators renders a decision in the case as presented by each party or their attorneys.
    Settlement Conference
    The term "Settlement Conference" can mean one of two things: A judicially hosted settlement conference or an informal settlement conference.A judicially hosted settlement conference is a form of mediation where the parties elect to retain the services of a retired Judge to act as the mediator. While similar to mediation, a Judicially hosted settlement conference allows the retired Judge to provide years of judicial training and expertise to evaluate and provide feedback as to how your assigned judge would likely rule. As such, both sides will hear a Judge's perspective of the issues of the case, and hopefully enable the parties to reach an amicable resolution. Conversely, an informal settlement conference is when the parties, and their respective counsels, meet together without a neutral party in an attempt to resolve outstanding issues prior to proceeding with trial.
  7. Final Hearing

    When issues remain after the parties have exhausted all methods of alternative dispute resolution, one party can request that the matter go before their assigned Judge for a final trial. In Georgia, the party can elect for a bench trial, or jury trial. If the party elects a jury trial, they are required to file a "Jury Demand" putting the other side on notice that they have elected to have a jury of their peers determine certain issues related to the divorce. However, Georgia law does not allow a Jury to make final decisions related to all issues in a divorce (i.e. child custody). Most commonly, one spouse will request a bench trial, which simply means the assigned judge will hear arguments, testimony, and review evidence presented by both sides before entering a Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce, which will have specific orders as to how the parties will operate following divorce on issues related to custody, child support, alimony and equitable division of assets.5.

Our Testimonials

Read what clients have to say about our legal representation.

As a firm, Hobson & Hobson, P.C. has adopted the “Golden Rule” as a standard for the firm, and strives to treat every client as we would hope to be treated. We resolve cases in a manner that fits each of our client’s needs. Most importantly, we will protect your best interests, ensuring that the legal steps we take today will benefit your life tomorrow and for years to come.

  • 5 star review  Going through a divorce is difficult for all parties involved. Chris and Sarah Hobson are friendly, professional and also empathetic to their clients needs. I would recommend them to anyone needing a family law attorney.

    thumb Amanda Kolacz
    May 28, 2021

    5 star review  Responsive. Professional. Capable. I was assigned Attorney Carrie Owens in a family dispute over adoption/child custody. Ms.Owens was professional, prepared and won the case on all counts. I hired Hobson & Hobson from an out of state location (Texas). The firm was responsive to my needs, and the distance was not a difficulty.

    thumb Cass Schaffer
    March 12, 2021

    5 star review  We contacted Hobson & Hobson, PC to support our daughter in her Divorce. Chris Hobson did an excellent job in meeting our needs and crafting a divorce agreement and parenting plan that fully met our daughter's needs. His concern for our daughter and grandson exceeded our expectations. I would recommend Hobson & Hobson, PC for any and all family legal matters.

    thumb Steven Hopkins
    March 9, 2021
  • 5 star review  Hobson & Hobson did an outstanding job for me on my divorce. Everyone from the front desk, the Intake Specialist, the Paralegals, and my Attorney were kind, courteous, and very professional! I had my first meeting with them on November 25 and my divorce was final on January 16. The cost was very reasonable and I could not be happier with the way my case was handled from start to finish! Thank you, Steve P

    thumb Stephen Porterfield
    February 11, 2021

    5 star review  My husband and I recently obtained the services of Hobson and Hobson and we are so glad we did. They were truly amazing. Obtaining a lawyer can be stressful and expensive but we never felt like our money was going to waste and obtaining their services was truly easy. No stress at all. Our lawyer was Taifa and she was awesome. Super smart and through and her paralegals made our case super strong with all they did to prepare. They always responded quickly to emails and phone calls which was great since we live out of state and this was our only means of communication. We would highly recommend them to anyone seeking the kind of legal services they offer. Was truly an easy process and I feel like they made a stressful situation easier. Thanks for everything y’all did!!

    thumb Casey Ward
    January 22, 2021

Types of Divorce

There are two types of divorce – Contested and Uncontested Divorce. If you are thinking about filing for divorce, one of the first questions an attorney will ask you is whether your divorce is going to be contested or uncontested. Often, the answer to that question is not simple.

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  • Type of Divorce
  • Contested
  • Uncontested

Contested vs. Uncontested

There are two types of divorce – Contested and Uncontested Divorce. If you are thinking about filing for divorce, one of the first questions an attorney will ask you is whether your divorce is going to be contested or uncontested. Georgia laws, however, are more complex than you might imagine. Even though you may be able to agree on all or most issues, you want an experienced divorce & custody lawyer to review the terms of any agreement so that you get the outcome you seek. In particular, an uncontested divorce with minor children requires unique legal pleadings that must comply with strict Georgia Child Support Guidelines. Moreover, most counties require parties to file an executed Final Judgment Decree of Divorce, which will incorporate a Settlement Agreement, Parenting Plan, Child Support Worksheet, and Child Support Addendum, all of which must strictly comply with applicable statutes.

Contested Divorce

A contested divorce merely implies that the parties are currently unable to resolve issues related to custody, child support, alimony and equitable division of assets arising out a divorce. When the parties are unable to reconcile their differences, it is important to file for divorce to protect your rights. Even if one of the issues addressed above are unresolved, the parties will proceed with a contested divorce until such time as these matters become resolved through effective negotiations, mediation, or a Final Judgment made by the assigned Judge.

Uncontested Divorce

We work with men and women at any stage of an uncontested divorce, whether you are in the planning stage of filing for divorce, or have already filed and are looking for assistance resolving issues related to finalizing the process. We handle all issues related to or arising out of an uncontested divorce.

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