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Divorce Lawyers Jefferson GA | Kip Shepherd

If you live in Jefferson and are going through a divorce, Kip Shepherd has an office nearby in the Athens/Watkinsville area. He can also come to you. His expertise translates into a sound source of legal advice. A divorce does not need to be more difficult than it already is, and having the right representation by your side can make all the difference.

Kip Shepherd is an advocate for those going through divorce. Kip has 20 years experience on his side and a long list of successful solutions. Whether your divorce involves custody trials, alimony trials, property division trials, contested contempt hearings, or modification trials, we can answer all of your legal questions and concerns. Our knowledge and experience can ease this process for you, even if children or valuable assets are involved.

Kip will communicate with you throughout the entire process. He strives to make sure the proper restraints of the law give you the best advantage throughout this process.  The sensitivity and the challenges that go into getting a divorce require a compassionate lawyer. He will be able to help bring about amity through resoltion.

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What To Look For In A Jefferson GA Divorce Attorney

Communication: When you choose a Jefferson GA divorce attorney, there are a few things to consider. The most common complaint involving divorce attorneys is that there was not good communication between the attorney’s office (or the attorney) and the client. When you work with Kip Shepherd, we know communication is essential for giving us the best information and the best outcomes. We make a commitment to providing an open communication channel so we can work effectively for you.

Testimonials: When you hire a lawyer, you need to know what their customers say about them. We keep a couple of public testimonials on our website for you to view, but we also have many individuals that we have helped along the way. We can refer you to individuals that we have helped through divorce if you want to get an idea of what it is like to work with our firm. Most of our clients are happy to offer the referral.

Experience: When it comes to experience, there aren’t many Jefferson GA divorce attorneys with more experience. Kip has been practicing law for over 22 years, and has seen all types of divorce cases, and how to resolve them. Each case is different and we understand that there isn’t a template for success, but we know how to guide you through the difficult process of divorce.

Attorney Fees: We are always fair and transparent when it comes to our fees. We will communicate with you throughout the process so you know what to expect from all areas of your divorce, including our fees.

Shared Values: When you hire a Jefferson GA divorce attorney, it is important that you share the same values and you can work well together. We invite you to give us a call so we can discuss your divorce. This will help you decide if Kip Shepherd is the right attorney to assist you with your divorce needs.

Divorce and Legal Separation Lawyer

courtroom-300x199Kip Shepherd has handled Jefferson GA divorce cases for over 24 years. Many divorces can be settled through mediation. However, if one spouse is not being reasonable it is necessary to appear before a Judge. Kip Shepherd has the experience to settle those cases which can be settled and aggressively litigate the cases which need to be litigated. Uncontested divorces in Jackson County take from 45-60 days from the date the divorce is filed. Legal separation is handled similar to a divorce. The primary difference is the parties cannot remarry.

Typically alimony is owed if one spouse makes more than double that of another spouse. The amount depends upon the spouse’s relative income. The length of alimony depends on the length of the marriage. Alimony is particularly awarded in instances where one spouse stays at home to raise the children and thus gives up opportunities to advance a working career.

Equitable property division is usually 50/50 including any retirement/pension accumulated during the marriage. Be aware of the balances on retirement and credit cards when divorce becomes an issue. It is not uncommon for a spouse to charge attorney fees to a joint credit card or borrow from retirement under the theory that the spouse is paying half anyway.

Child Support is awarded pursuant to the child support worksheets. The payer should ensure that child support is reduced as each child turns 18 or graduates high school. Child support is paid until the child is 18 or graduates high school but not later than 20 years of age. Frequently a child will graduate several months after his/her 18th birthday.

The income tax exemption for children goes to the parent the children live with for the majority of the year. The parent entitled to the exemption can agree to allow the other parent to have the exemption due to child support/income disparities, etc.

If the parties cannot reach an agreement, the Court will hold a hearing 45-60 days after filing. This is called a temporary hearing. The Judge decides, on a temporary basis, who gets custody, visitation, child support, who gets marital home place and, sometimes, who pays ongoing debt. After the temporary hearing the parties usually schedule mediation. 90% of divorces settle at this mediation. If the case does not settle at mediation it is usually 6 months or longer before the case is resolved.

Debts usually go with the items associated with the debt. For example, if you get the TV you have to take the payment with it. If you get the car, you get the payment as well.

Why you need a Jefferson GA divorce attorney:

  • Your spouse may not be telling you the truth
  • You are deciding the legal parameters for spending time with your most precious asset (your children)
  • You may not really know what is fair and reasonable
  • You are dividing everything you have accumulated during your marriage. For many this is practically all they have accumulated during their life.

FAQs about Divorce in Jefferson Ga

Q – In order to file for divorce in Georgia, do I have to live in Georgia to get divorced?

A –  Yes, one spouse must have lived in Georgia for at least 6 months. This is important to establish when you are attempting to gain divorce in a particular state.

Q – Where do I file for Divorce?

A – It is common to go to the counties Supreme Court to file for divorce. Although the procedure is not always difficult, we realize the challenges that face any divorce. We are here for all our clients in whatever ways we can make the process painless as possible.

Q – Does Georgia have a “no fault” divorce (the spouse that is filing for ivorce does not have to prove any fault on the part of the other spouse)?

A – Yes, Georgia has a “no-fault” divorce. One spouse must claim that the marriage is over. Most divorces in Georgia are no fault divorces.

Q – My spouse and I disagree on how to divide our assets and time with our children. However, he/she doesn’t want to hire an attorney. Should I still seek an attorney’s support?

A – Absolutely hire a good attorney! The judge is the one who will make a decision about what will happen to the assets, not your spouse. A good lawyer will be able to fight for you and your rights throughout the divorce.