You Got Served: What To Do When Your Spouse Files For Divorce

You may or may not have seen this coming, but now begins a critical time for you to protect your rights. Here is a short list of things to do to prepare for your divorce.

1)    Take a deep breath. Be careful not to call/email/text your spouse to say anything you will later regret. A war of words will not change your current circumstances, it may just make them worse.

2)    Mark your calendar for 30 days from the date you were served. You have 30 days to file an answer to your spouse’s complaint for divorce in Georgia. You should also remember it will take more than a few days for an attorney to draft an answer on your behalf.

3)    Read everything given to you by the Sheriff or Process Server. Legal paperwork can be very difficult to fully understand, but you should attempt to read the complaint, summons, standing order (if applicable), and any other paperwork you received. For example, a standing order may prohibit certain actions like removing your spouse from your joint accounts or taking the children out of the state.

4)    Find and hire an attorney. Even in uncontested cases, your spouse’s attorney cannot represent your interests. It is critical to seek legal advice to ensure your rights are protected.

5)    Speak carefully to your children. The degree and timing for sharing information with your children will depend on their age, but you should always avoid speaking negatively about your spouse.

Please contact our office today to schedule a consultation to discuss your specific circumstances. The above is for general information purposes only.