DeKalb County Resources
Divorce in DeKalb County
Georgia law allows for each County to have their own procedures and/or rules for hearing and adjudicating family law/divorce cases. This means that cases in Fulton County often work differently than cases in DeKalb County. Before you begin the divorce process, you must first know the county where you will file your divorce. You may be wondering, "how do I know if I need to file my divorce in DeKalb County?" While this process can sometimes be complex, generally speaking - if you and your spouse live together in DeKalb County, your divorce will likely be filed in DeKalb County Superior Court. For those of you that live separately from your spouse, your divorce could be filed in the county that your spouse lives in. For more city/town divorce specific information select your city below:
How do I file for Divorce in DeKalb?
As previously mentioned, it is important to know which county you will be filing your divorce in. Divorce and Family Law cases filed in DeKalb County are heard by the DeKalb County Superior Court. When filing for an Adoption or Divorce within DeKalb County, you must first pay a "filing fee." This fee typically ranges from $213.00-$218.00 depending on your case. Once the fee is processed, you or your lawyer will fill out and submit a series of DeKalb County divorce forms. These forms could include information surrounding child support, alimony, child custody, property division, adoptions, and other areas of family law. To help you find which DeKalb County divorce forms you need, we offer a comprehensive list of free divorce forms below. Although you may take on the divorce process by yourself, many people choose to hire a divorce lawyer. An experienced and local divorce lawyer will typically draft, and file all the forms you need within your case. If necessary, they will also zealously represent you in the court room. It is critical that you hire a lawyer with experience practicing Family Law and Divorce in DeKalb County. This is because they will often be familiar with the specific rules, procedures, and judge preferences in DeKalb.
As a firm, Meriwether & Tharp has served Georgians in and around DeKalb County for over 20 years. Over those years, our team of experienced family law and divorce lawyers have gained meaningful experience with the DeKalb County Divorce Process. If you need help filing your divorce, please call (678) 879-9000 for a free telephone consultation with one of Meriwether & Tharp's divorce attorneys.
Free Dekalb County Divorce Forms
At Meriwether & Tharp, we believe divorce forms should be free and everyone should have access to them. Searching the web, you will find websites and business offering to sell you divorce forms. Don't fall for this scam. Don't ever pay for divorce forms online, free divorce forms are available on this website and typically on the county's official Superior Court webpage.
Critical Divorce and Family Law Forms
Divorce With Children
Divorce Without Children
- Acknowledgment of Service (Divorce)
- Acknowledgment of Sevice, Consent to Jurisdiction (Divorce)
- Affidavit of Diligent Search
- Answer (Non-Specific)
- Answer to Complaint for Divorce
- Consent to Present Case and Withdrawal of Pleadings
- Consent to Trial
- Domestice Relations Financial Affidavit
- Mutual Voluntary Dismissal
- Request for Final Hearing/Trial Date
- Request for Temporary Hearing
- Rule Nisi
- Temporary Order
- Voluntary Dismissal
DeKalb County Divorce with Children
Divorce is usually more complex when minor children are involved. You may be required to submit additional paperwork to the court and attend hearings pertaining to child custody, visitation and child support.
Determining child custody and visitation plans will come down to determining "what is in the best interest of the minor child." Judges will look to numerous factors to help them determine what is in a child's best interest.
In Georgia, child support is calculated by using the Georgia Online Child Support Calculator. Generally speaking, you will enter in the number of minor children and the monthly income of both parents. The Online Child Support Calculator will create a presumptive amount of child support using this information. The amount can be varied upward or downward using deviations.
The Superior Court in each Georgia County has the power to establish a parenting class program that is designed to educate both parties as to the effects divorce and family law issues have on minor children. As a result, many counties in Georgia will require both parents in a divorce with minor children to take a mandatory parenting class.
DeKalb County Superior Court
Address: 556 N. McDonough Street, Decatur Georgia 30030
Chief Judge Asha F. Jackson, Judge Courtney L. Johnson, Judge Yolanda C. Parker-Smith, Judge Shondeana C. Morris, Judge Gregory A. Adams, Judge Stacey K. Hydrick, Judge LaTisha Dear Jackson, Judge Linda W. Hunter, Judge Mark Anthony Scott, Judge Tangela Barrie.
For more information on the DeKalb County Superior Court, call or visit the link below.
How do I Select a Divorce Lawyer?
With numerous divorce lawyers and divorce law firms in the marketplace, how are you supposed to select the best one for you? Each person's case had unique issues that individual to that person. To select the best lawyer for your particular case, you need to make sure that you spend time calling and "interviewing" attorneys so that you can determine which lawyer took the time to answer all of your questions fully and provide you with a realistic path to your goals.