Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Uncontested Divorce in Georgia and What It Means






          We, at the Goolsby Law Firm, LLC, frequently receive telephone calls and email inquiries from people seeking information about how to get an uncontested divorce in the
State of Georgia. We thought it might be helpful to recap about some of the important points.

          First, it is important to understand, if you want an uncontested divorce, that you and
your spouse must have agreed on all the essential points, such as child custody and property division.  Also, it is essential that your spouse must fully cooperate and sign all the divorce documents, if it is going to truly be an uncontested divorce.

          In short, for an uncontested divorce to be truly uncontested, it is necessary that you and your spouse have already worked out all the terms, (and in a format which the court will approve), and that your spouse will cooperate and sign all the documents.

          Otherwise, you can still get a divorce, but it will likely be a contested divorce, and it may be necessary to get your spouse served with divorce papers and take him to court.

          I hope this brief summary helps explain some of the differences between uncontested and contested divorces. Of course, it is important for you to discuss these matters and all your questions about divorce with your own divorce lawyer!

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Divorce and the Holidays


As Augusta, Georgia divorce lawyers, we generally expect the number of divorces to slow down at this time of year. I am sure it comes as no surprise to you that people will often delay seeking a divorce attorney until after the holidays.

This is especially true in cases involving children. In other words, many people want to wait until after Christmas before having their kids deal with the stress of a divorce.

Of course, after the first of the year, most divorce attorneys in our area will expect to see an uptick in the number of divorce cases, both uncontested and contested divorces.

But, for now, let's enjoy the holidays!

We, at the Goolsby Law Firm, wish everyone a very Merry Christmas!!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Expensive Celebrity Divorces: Robin Williams

[Photo of Robin Williams from wikipedia]
          Divorces, especially if they aren't uncontested divorces, can be expensive! Just ask actor Robin Williams! According to various news reports, Williams is reportedly returning to network television at least in part because of the expense of his two prior divorces! Williams is slated to star in a new t.v. sit-com called "The Crazy Ones!" As the comedian has put it, divorce is like removing your wallet through your heart! Here's hoping for much success for Williams and for a healthier wallet in the new television season!




Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Celebrity Marriages and Divorces: Usher's Child Custody Battle

[Photo of Usher from wikipedia]
Are you a fan of Usher? He appeared to be such a nice guy when he appeared as a celebrity judge on "The Voice" this past season! The well-known singer and dancer has sold over 65 million records and has six Grammy awards! But, as we have discussed before in the blog about divorce, Usher, like a lot of celebrities, has also faced his share of divorce and child custody issues.

According to various news reports, Usher's ex has filed for an emergency child custody hearing after their five year old son nearly drowned in a swimming pool at the singer's Atlanta home. Thankfully, the little boy reportedly will be okay!

Here's hoping that Usher and his ex will also find a way to resolve these and other issues without too much public scrutiny. But again, as we have discussed before, the media spotlight can be both a blessing and a curse for many celebrities facing divorce and child custody issues.

Don't you agree? What do you think?

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Men or Women: Who Can Detect Adultery More Often?


So, who, in your opinion, can more often detect cheating, or infidelity, by their spouses: men or women?

Well, according to a new study reported in Discovery News, MEN can sense that their wives are cheating, more often, than the wives can detect it! But, according to the report, men were also more frequently wrong about guessing when their spouses were being unfaithful, too!

What do you think? I'm not sure I believe the results of this study!

But, as an Augusta, Georgia divorce lawyer, please let me warn everyone, BOTH men and women, that they should discuss the consequences of infidelity, and how to prove adultery, with their own divorce attorney!

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Discovery Responses in Divorce Cases


In the State of Georgia, each party is entitled, through his or her divorce attorney, to engage in various discovery practices, in order to learn more of the facts of the case. For instance, your divorce lawyer may, in some divorce cases, take the deposition of the other party, (or depose "Sluggo's" mistress!). You can also make the other side disclose their financial information and who their witnesses will be.

In addition, your divorce lawyer may elect to submit interrogatories or requests for the production of documents by the other party.

Likewise, your divorce attorney may contact you and tell you that the other side has submitted similar discovery requests to which you must respond. 

But the important point I wanted to make today is that you should discuss with your own divorce lawyer any questions or problems you have in submitting your responses. Also, it is important that you be timely, because, ordinarily, your divorce lawyer will have only thirty days to review, format, and submit your discovery responses to the other attorney.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Happy Mother's Day From The Goolsby Law Firm

[Mother's Day Depiction from connect-in.com]

"A Mother's Day Memory"

          By Richard Goolsby

Oh, to think of Mother's hug,
Evokes a sentimental tear!
My heart strings pull and tug,
As Mother's Day draws near!

When I was young and ill,
She would rock me through the night.
That old rocker squeaked and squealed,
But still, she held me tight.

I can feel her arms around me,
As she held me late one night.
I can feel her love surround me,
Mother's love makes most things right.

I can see her -- just above me,
I can hear her voice, so clear,
And the words to "Jesus Loves Me,"
From her lips down to my ear.

Yes, it's true -- my mother's gone,
But it's also true, you see,
My mother still lives on,
In my heart and memory!

Happy Mother's Day to all moms "out there!"