The Family Law Resource Center’s (“FLRC”) physical office is closed through at least June 15, pursuant to the directions of the Supreme Court of Georgia. Our staff members are working remotely during this time. The FLRC team is committed to providing our community with continued access to justice so we are now offering our form services in an online, work from home, format. FLRC’s online court-approved form packets were created by Georgia attorney with over 20 years of family law experience.
What services are available online?
FLRC has online form packets for the following actions:
Divorce with children;
Divorce – No children;
Modification of a final order in a divorce, custody or legitimation action;
Contempt – failure to follow a final or temporary order in a divorce, custody or legitimation action;
Answer to Divorce, Legitimation, Modification or Contempt;
Legitimation – MUST attend the online class first.
What counties do you service?
Our forms can be used for any county in the State of Georgia. Each County has its own local rules – ways they handle mediation, judge assignments, final hearings, classes, etc. We have the local forms for Chatham, Effingham, Bryan & Liberty counties. We are adding additional county local rules forms as quickly as possible. If your county is not listed here, you can use our forms but must check with your county clerk to see what additional forms are needed pursuant to its local rules.
Required Parenting Classes
Parents of minor children must take a 4-hour parenting class. The Mediation is now offering virtual classes during COVID-19. After restrictions are lifted, Chatham County requires all parenting classes to be attended in person. For the online Transitional Parenting class, please click here.
For the online Legitimation class, please click here:
How do I make an appointment for online services and how much does it cost to use Family Law Resource Center services? Click here.
Cost of Filing & Service
Once your paperwork is complete you must file it in the appropriate county.
In Chatham County, Georgia
· $215.00 to file an action
· $50.00 to serve by Sheriff
· $85 to serve by Publication in the Savannah Morning News
In Effingham County
· $210 for uncontested divorce
$260.00 for contested with Sheriff Service on Defendant
$80 for service by publication
In Liberty & Bryan Counties
· $211.00 to file an action
· $50.00 to serve by Sheriff
· $80.00 for service by publication
How do I get an uncontested hearing during COVID-19?
During COVID-19, the Chatham County Judges have approved of submitting a joint affidavit and waiver of appearance in lieu of attending the usual mandatory final uncontested hearing in court. This form is provided in the uncontested forms packet. Said affidavit can be signed by the Judge 31 days after the completed and signed form packet is filed.
Does FLRC give me an attorney?
NO. The FLRC can guide and educate you about the process but CAN NOT and WILL NOT give you legal advice. If you need legal advice, we strongly recommend that you meet with or hire an attorney. If you have assets to divide we strongly suggest that you meet with an attorney. FLRC can email you a list of local family law attorneys and their fees.
Email is the best way to get in contact with us at email@example.com. During COVID 19, we are receiving a large number of voicemail messages every day which results in a longer than usual response time by our staff.