Hundreds of family law cases are filed in Fulton County, Georgia each year. These cases include divorce (both contested divorce and uncontested divorce), legitimation, child custody, modification of child custody orders, child support, modification of child support orders, legitimation, paternity, and many others. In 2015, the population of Fulton County, Georgia was 1,010,562. Fulton County is Georgia’s most populous county. It is also the only county with over 1 million residents. Ninety percent of the City of Atlanta is within Fulton County. However, the following cities are also located in Fulton County: Alpharetta, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs, South Fulton and Union City. Due to the sheer number of cases filed in Fulton County, it is very important that your lawyer is experienced with navigating cases filed in Fulton County.
Mandatory Discovery in Fulton County
Family law cases filed in the Superior Court of Fulton County have special requirements. In each family law case filed in Georgia, the parties must complete a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit. However, the Superior Court of Fulton County requires that each party file mandatory discovery in addition to the Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit. The mandatory discovery includes a list of 16 documents that you must provide, if applicable, within 30 days of opening your case.
Status Conferences in Fulton County
In addition to mandatory discovery, almost every case is initially assigned to a Judicial Officer. The goal of the Judicial Officer is to “move the case along” and handle any preliminary issues. You will typically be required to meet with the Judicial Officer every 30 days. These meetings are called status conferences. The Judicial Officer will generally hold a 30-day Status Conference and 60-day Status Conference. They will not hold a 90-day Status Conference. If the case is not resolved by the conclusion of the 60-day Status Conference, the case will be scheduled for a 120-day Status Conference. Your actual judge will preside over the 120-day Status Conference. If the case is not resolved by the conclusion of the 120-day Status Conference, the case is scheduled for a final hearing/trial. You can learn more about judicial officers and status conferences by clicking here.
The Holloway Firm has extensive experience handling family law cases filed in Fulton County, Georgia. In fact, our office is located in Atlanta and we attend status conferences in Fulton County each month. We would love to help you with your Fulton County case. Contact our law firm today at (678) 390-3503 to get started.