Quickies Are Overrated

Posted by Diane Cherry, Managing Partner | May 31, 2022

Quickie Divorces

Quickie Divorces are much overrated. I know, I know; you can't stand your spouse and just want out.  Like yesterday.  And you are ready to sign on the dotted line just to be rid of him/her.  Of course that can be done.  And sometimes, that's all you need.  Married for only one year; no kids; no assets??  A quickie divorce may be all you need to move on in life.  Give it 31-days and you can have a divorce in Georgia.  But if you have a longer term marriage or have acquired lots of assets or debt or if you have children, don't be fooled by the idea of a quickie divorce.

Divorce will have a impact that will be felt the rest of your life.  Do you really want to rush through it without thinking through all of the ramifications?  Are you sure you can be fair to yourself by rushing through the divorce?  Because once you sign off on everything and the ink is dry, you are the one who has to live with whatever it is you agreed to.  You don't get to go back and have a redo if things don't play out the way you expected them to.  And don't fall for the: "we get along really well and he/she isn't trying to screw me."  If you were getting along that well, you wouldn't be getting divorced. 

So keep your wits about you.  Don't sell yourself short by assuming that it's better to pay as little as possible for a divorce lawyer and get it over as soon as possible than take the time to do it right.  Don't be pressured into a quickie divorce just to get it over with.  Let your lawyer help you think through everything to make sure you are getting the best possible outcome even if it takes a little longer than you anticipated.   

The people who are pressured into making quick decisions in divorce; the ones who don't think carefully about what they are giving up and how it will impact them in the future, are the ones who end up spending oodles of money down the road trying to undo their mistakes.

It's one thing to have an orderly, efficient divorce that gives you time to fully investigate the assets and debts and best interest of the children.  It quite another to hurry up and sign off on something just to be divorced.

If you want the best outcome for yourself, be prepared to invest the time and money necessary to get that accomplished.  Rushing into a lawyer's office without thinking things through is a recipe for disaster.

Chances are, your plan for divorce didn't suddenly occur in a blink of an eye and the end of your marriage will take more than a moment's thought and preparation.  Be prepared to invest what you need to invest the time, energy and resources needed to get yourself the best outcome.

You owe it to yourself.

About the Author

Diane Cherry, Managing Partner

I am an Atlanta area Family Law Attorney who has represented hundreds of clients in federal and state courts and administrative hearing cases throughout the State of Georgia.


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