Some people anticipate the receipt of a divorce summons, while others are completely surprised. In addition to being surprised, it is also common to end up feeling overwhelmed, frightened, and sad after receiving the document. Because it is often difficult to determine how to respond when a Georgia divorce summons lands in your hands, the following reveals some tips to follow if you find yourself in such a situation.
Appreciate the Deadlines
A divorce summons serves an important role in the divorce process by beginning a small window of time in which you can either appear in court or move against the summons. If you received a summons, you will be required to either file and serve an answer or a judgment of divorce will be entered against you. After receiving a divorce summons, you should not hesitate to respond.
Hire a Divorce Lawyer
If you do not have a divorce attorney by the time you receive a divorce summons, now is the time to get one. A divorce lawyer understands the complex regulations involved in divorce in Georgia and can make sure that you do not miss a deadline.
During communication with your attorney, remember to discuss matters in an honest and direct manner. Glossing over or not accurately representing details about the end of your marriage will only negatively impact you.
Fully Address Financial Issues
During this time, you should also make sure that your financial matters are firmly squared away. First, you should gather all important financial documents, which will likely include bank account statements and tax returns. Second, you should remain aware of any automatic orders, which prevent you from performing financial actions like closing bank accounts or revising the terms of financial accounts.
The violation of automatic orders can result in serious penalties and jeopardize the terms of your divorce.
If You Have Children, Introduce the Idea Calmly
Divorce is scary, and unfortunately, many parents do not properly communicate what is about to happen to their children. In addition to pinning fault or blame on one parent, some parents leave matters open-ended and let children fear the worst. To help your children get accustomed to the approaching separation of their parents, there are several strategies to reduce the amount of stress that children experience.
For example, you should make sure your children know they have no responsibility for causing the divorce. You should avoid placing children in the middle of things or using them to communicate information to your former spouse. Another important strategy to follow is to make sure to implement regular parenting time.
Retain the Services of an Experienced Divorce Lawyer
A divorce summons begins what many people consider the most challenging part of their lives. If you need the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, do not hesitate to contact Vayman & Teitelbaum, PC today to schedule a free case evaluation.