As Augusta, Georgia divorce attorneys, we, at the Goolsby Law Firm, often receive telephone calls and emails from people who simply want to get a simple, uncontested divorce. We understand. These folks generally want to avoid a costly, contested divorce and just get as far away as possible from their worthless spouse, "Sluggo!" But here are a couple of practical reasons why a simple, uncontested divorce may not always be so simple:
1. WHEN SLUGGO WON'T COOPERATE: If your worthless spouse, Sluggo, refuses to cooperate and sign all the uncontested divorce documents, then you are wasting your time and money on this approach. In other words, in some divorce cases, you and your divorce lawyer may decide it is best for you to take the control out of Sluggo's hands and get him served with contested divorce documents. Otherwise, Sluggo may delay and delay, (on signing uncontested divorce documents), until the cows come home.
2. WHEN YOU ARE FORFEITING IMPORTANT RIGHTS: In some divorce cases, we also see some folks who are so desperate to get a "quick" divorce that they are willing to walk away from equity in the marital home, along with forfeiting other important property or rights. We generally recommend that people who are facing a divorce should carefully consider, (with their divorce attorneys), whether or not they should make such sacrifices simply to avoid a court battle, or a more costly, contested divorce.
Look, as divorce lawyers, we recognize that each divorce case is different and that it is up to you, the client, to decide whether to go contested or uncontested in your divorce. But we recommend that you discuss the facts of your divorce case with your own divorce attorney. We also just wanted to point out that, at least in some divorce cases, there are valid reasons why you and your divorce lawyer may decide that a simple, uncontested divorce may not be best, or be so simple!