Fulton County Resources
Divorce in Fulton County
If you are considering a divorce, it is important to know that each County in Georgia may have unique rules and procedures for divorce and family law cases. This means that cases in Gwinnett County could be run differently than cases in Fulton County. For residents of Fulton County, the first question you should consider is, "how do I know if my divorce will be filed in Fulton County?" This concept (jurisdiction) can be a complex, but generally speaking, if you and your spouse live together in Fulton County, the divorce will likely be filed in Fulton County Superior Court. However, if you and your spouse live separately, you may end up filling your divorce in the county where your spouse lives. For more city/town divorce specific information select your city below:
How do I file for Divorce in Fulton?
As mentioned above, it is important to know which county Superior Court you will be filing in before you begin the divorce process. Divorce and family law cases filed in Fulton are heard and adjudicated by the Fulton County Superior Court. When filing within Fulton County Superior Court, you will first begin by paying a filing fee depending on the type of case. Court filing fees for Adoptions and Divorces currently range from $214.00-$219.00. Be aware that the filing fee could be subject to change each year. Along with the fee, there are divorce forms and county specific forms that you must submit to the court. Knowing which forms you will need can be answered by asking yourself questions about your case. "Will your case involve custody of a minor child?" "How much child support will be needed?" We offer a comprehensive list of free Fulton divorce forms below. If you decide to hire a divorce attorney to help in your case, that attorney will typically draft and file all necessary forms and paperwork for you and if necessary, represent you in court. It is critically important to make sure you hire a divorce lawyer or divorce law firm that is familiar with family law in Fulton County. A local and experienced lawyer/law firm will be confident when dealing with Fulton County rules, procedures, and judge preferences.
As a firm, Meriwether & Tharp has served Georgians in and around Fulton County for over 20 years. Our offices are fully staffed and have teams of experienced attorneys that are here to serve you. If you need help filing your divorce, please call (678) 879-9000 for a free telephone consultation with one of our divorce attorneys.
Free Fulton 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
- Automatic Domestic Standing Order
- Parenting Plan
- Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit
- Answers to Interrogatories
- Required Documents to be Produced
- Final Agreement
- About the 30- and 60-Day Conferences
- Georgia Child Support Calculator
- Georgia Child Support Commission
- Georgia DHS Division of Child Support Services
- Georgia Department of Revenue Internal Revenue Service IRS Pub. 504 (Info for Divorced & Separated Individuals)
- Official Code of Georgia
- Domestic Relations Initiation Packet (updated for 2016)
- Answer and Counterclaim
- Change of Custody and Child Support
- Child Support Modification
- Divorce with Minor Children
- Divorce without Children
- Income Deduction Order
- Modification of Visitation
- Name Change - Adult
- Name Change - Minor
- Voluntary Dismissal
- Instructions for Divorce with Minor Children
- Petition for Divorce with Minor Children
- Affidavit of Election
- Acknowledgment of Service
- Consent to Trial in 31 Days
- Sample Visitation Schedule
- Parenting Plan
- Instructions for Completing the Child Support Addendum
- Child Support Addendum
- Settlement Agreement with Children
- Guide to Finalizing Uncontested matters
Fulton 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.
Fulton County Superior Court (Family Law Division)
Address: 136 Pryor Street, S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30303. Parking is conveniently located in the Underground Atlanta parking deck located across the street from the court house.
Fulton County Superior Court has four family law Judges: Judge Kevin M. Farmer, Judge Craig L. Schwall, Sr., Judge Shermela J. Williams, and Judge Henry M. Newkirk.
For more information on the Fulton County Superior Court Family Division, call 404-612-0505 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.