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Atlanta Divorce Lawyers Guide to Divorce and Family Law Cases in Fulton County, Georgia: Required Discovery (Interrogatories and Request to Produce), Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit (DRFA), and Child Support Worksheets
The next blog entry on our Atlanta Divorce Lawyers Guide to Divorce and Family Law Cases in Fulton County, Georgia is in regards to the unique discovery procedures in place for Fulton county divorce and family law cases. Unlike all other counties in Georgia and all other types of cases in Georgia (whether in Atlanta or anywhere else in the state), Fulton County has a mandatory set of discovery that both parties must respond to at the 30 Day Status Conference.
At the point of filing a divorce or other family law matter in Fulton County, both parties receive what is generally known as the Standard Initiation Packet. While there is a lot of useful information in this packet, there are four particular documents that we wanted to draw your attention to: Answers to Interrogatories, Required Documents to be Produced, a Domestic Relations Financial Affidavit and information about the required Child Support Worksheets.
The Answers to Interrogatories and Required Documents to be Produced documents in particular are what we are referring to as the mandatory discovery disclosures in Fulton County. These documents require that each party complete the standard set of questions that are being asked (the Interrogatories) and “produce” various documents (such as tax returns, pay stubs, evidence of other income,retirement, costs for the minor children, etc.) at the 30 Day Status Conference. Even if the parties live in the same household, this requirement must be met. The purpose of these requirements is to allow both sides the basic documentary information to proceed with issues such as child support, alimony and equitable division.