Contested divorce


"Unfortunately, there are times that you have no choice but to fight against your spouse in a court of law. In those cases, it is essential that you choose an attorney that understands your particular situation and has the skills required to navigate a complicated legal system."

                                                                                                                       Tamela Adkins

Since 1993, Tamela Adkins has tried thousands of family law cases in front of juries and judges dealing with:

  • Custody rights
  • Visitation rights
  • Child support
  • Child abuse - neglect, abandonment, physical, emotional, sexual
  • Spousal Abuse 
  • Paternity
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Alimony
  • Asset Divisions
  • Division of businesses between spouses
  • Debt Division


Beware of any attorney that offers to answer "a few questions" of yours prior to a full consultation. The law is very complicated and each and every contested divorce case is unique. It takes, at minimum, a full hour consultation for ANY lawyer to understand the intricacies of your marriage and to then apply the family law that would be applicable to your specific situation. In order to effectively evaluate your individual case, contact us today to schedule a confidential appointment to obtain quality legal advice from Tamela Adkins, specialist in family law.

Frequently asked questions

Q: How much will my contested divorce cost?

A: NO ATTORNEY can tell you what your divorce will cost. The State of Georgia prohibits attorneys to take divorces or family law cases on contingency fees. Therefore, all divorce lawyers bill by the hour (usually in either 6 minute or 15 minute increments). Each case is different and there are hundreds of factors, issues, and behavior that could come up in your divorce. In most cases, our lawyers can give you a reasonable guess as to a range of the cost of your divorce in your initial consultation. That quote is an educated guess based on years of experience.  

*Often… behavior comes up while the divorce is pending that effects the cost of your divorce….

For instance….say you are a father and you do not want to seek custody, only visitation of your children when you initially filed the divorce…..then, after you separate and while the divorce is pending your wife moves in her new boyfriend (with the kids) and he has 4 past DUIs - guess what – your case just got much more expensive!  You now are in a custody battle.

Q: How long will my divorce take to be finalized?

A:  NO ATTORNEY can tell you how long your contested divorce will take.  Here are just a few of the factors that may go into how long your divorce will take:


  • Judge’s case loads (the same judges that hear divorce hear murder/rape/home invasion cases).  We have absolutely NO CONTROL of how your particular assigned judge handles his or her calendar;

  • Statutory timeframes – there is an approximate 7 month “discovery period” that begins after your case is filed and your spouse is served the documents.  This period is to discover all financial and factual issues for each side of the case;

  • The opposing attorney (believe it or not…..there are attorneys out there that will promise your spouse unreasonable results that would never be achieved in court).  This always prolongs successful settlement negotiations.

Q: Does my spouse have to be served divorce papers by the sheriff’s department?

A: No. We usually recommend a special process server who wears plain clothes, drives an unmarked vehicle, and will serve your spouse at the time and place you choose is best. Also, depending on the case, your spouse might be able to execute a document in our office after receiving all the divorce documents.