Cordell & Cordell is a partner dads can count on during one of the toughest challenges of their lives. The family law attorneys at our Marietta, Georgia, office are dedicated to helping men with any divorce issue, including property division, alimony, child support and child custody.
Our mission is to give men the legal support they and their children deserve both in and out of the courtroom.
Divorce Attorneys Dedicated to Helping Men
Divorce takes an emotional toll on everyone, no matter how tough you are. The decisions you make during this time will have an enormous impact on you financially for the rest of your life.
More importantly, your level of involvement in your children’s lives can also be affected. Our attorneys take the time to listen to your concerns and work diligently to champion your rights and the rights of your children in family court.
We know how critical this transition is and promise to walk you through each step of the process while doing everything possible to protect what’s most important to you.
Advocates For Dad’s Rights and Fathers’ Rights
Since 1990, Cordell & Cordell has fought against numerous stereotypes that men and fathers face in the family court system. Our firm’s focus on men’s divorce gives our attorneys a unique understanding of the challenges men face in a Marietta family law courtroom.
Despite battling a system that seems predisposed against them, Cordell & Cordell has risen to establish ourselves as a partner men can count on.
“She’s phenomenal and really does a great job with the core functions and responsibilities of her job and profession. Tomekia is a great representative in the court room.”
“I’m very happy with the way things have been going. Laura has been preparing me the whole way. Laura is very respectful. It feels like she is personally involved, puts her heart in her job, and does fantastic work!”
“[My attorney] is very easy to work with. [My attorney] is also very approachable; easy to get in touch with and most importantly – very realistic about my case, in all its aspects.”
Frequently Asked Marietta Divorce Questions
How long do I have to live in Marietta before I can file for divorce?
You must be a resident of Georgia for 6 months prior to filing any action for divorce. All actions for divorce shall be filed in the county of the defendant’s residence if he/she is a resident of Georgia.
An action for divorce may be filed in the city of plaintiff’s residence if (1) defendant has moved from the county of plaintiff’s residence within 6 months of filing the petition for divorce and (2) said county was the marital domicile of the parties, meaning, husband and wife resided together in that county.
In essence, the critical factor is that you have been a resident of Georgia for 6 months.
Is there a mandatory waiting period in Marietta before a divorce can be granted? How long will a divorce take?
There is no mandatory waiting period. Family law litigation can be unpredictable so it is impossible to know how long the divorce process will take.
However, if the parties are in agreement about the terms of the divorce, i.e. child custody, visitation, and property division, and said agreement is memorialized in a settlement agreement, the divorce may be granted in as little as 31 days after the defendant has been served.
In the event the parties cannot agree, the divorce process can take substantially longer.
How can I serve my spouse in Marietta? If attempts to serve do not work, can I serve by publication? If so, which local publications should I contact?
The defendant may be served by a Cobb County court-approved private process server or the Cobb County Sheriff’s Department. In the event you are unable to serve your spouse via a process server or the sheriff, you must request permission from the court to have your spouse served via publication.
This is accomplished by filing a Motion for Service via publication. Said motion must state what efforts you have made to have your spouse served and why you need to have him/her served via publication.
Once the court grants your motion, you must contact the Marietta Daily Journal and pay the applicable fee to have the notice of divorce published. The notice will run for four consecutive weeks.
What are the specific forms I will need to file for a divorce in Marietta?
You will need to file a summons, complaint for divorce, verification of complaint signed by plaintiff, and case initiation form.
However, prior to finalizing the divorce, the following documents must be filed: Financial Affidavit of each party, and if there are children, child support worksheets, parenting plan, and certificate of completion of the Divorcing Parents Seminar of both parties.
Where do I file for divorce in Marietta?
You must file for divorce in the Clerk’s Office of the Cobb County Superior Court located at 70 Haynes Street, Marietta, GA, 30090.
How much are divorce filing fees?
The total for cost for filing a divorce action is $218.50. Checks are to be made payable to Cobb County Clerk of Superior Court. No credit cards, debit cards or travelers checks are accepted.
Additionally, if you wish to have the opposing party served via sheriff service, the fee is $50. The fee for service by publication is $80. The fee for publication must be made payable to the Marietta Daily Journal.
Are there any Marietta-Specific laws that are different from how other family law cases around the state are handled?
The judges in Cobb County will require that the parties mediate before having a final hearing on a contested divorce action. Mediation is not free and the cost must be split between the parties.
Prior to finalizing any divorce action with children, both parties must attend the mandatory Divorcing Parents Seminar. The course is $30 per participant and is offered 3 times a month.