Settlement or Trial?

You are not obligated to go to trial if all issues can be resolved. Many courts require that parties attend mediation before a final hearing occurs. Mediation is where a specially trained neutral person works to see if they can help the parties reach a settlement. If settlement occurs, whether through mediation or negotiations, your lawyer can submit a settlement agreement to the judge for review and approval to finalize the decree.

If all issues are not resolved, your divorce will go to trial with the option of by jury or by a judge alone. The vast majority of divorces are done by bench trial — one without a jury. Even if a party wants a jury trial, if issues regarding children are involved, then a trial by judge is required for custody decisions. A jury can make decisions regarding property and financial issues.

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If you are considering filing for divorce in Georgia, call (770) 574-6688 today to schedule a consultation with the family law attorneys at Miles Hansford, LLC.

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