Divorce laws vary from state to state. If you don’t have a full understanding of the requirements to obtain a divorce in Georgia, you could be delaying your divorce. Keep reading to learn more about Georgia’s requirements for divorce, acceptable grounds for divorce, and how a GEM family law attorney can help.
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Georgia’s Requirements for Divorce
Each state has certain stipulations you must meet before filing for divorce. In Georgia, you must meet the following requirements:
- Show that you or your spouse have lived in Georgia for at least six months. It’s important to note that it does not have to be both you and your spouse living in Georgia – only one of you must have resided here.
- You must file The Petition for Divorce and Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce in the Superior Court in the county in which you or your spouse live.
- Gather information regarding your financial state, living arrangements, children from the marriage, and why you want a divorce.
- You must show a physical separation before filing for divorce. This could be living in a different room within the same home or moving to a different residence altogether.
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Acceptable Grounds for Divorce
You may be wondering if a judge will deem your request worthy of a divorce. If your request falls under any of the following categories, most judges will approve it as an acceptable ground for divorce:
- Discovering the spouse is a blood relative
- Drug or alcohol addiction
- Emotional or physical abuse
- Entering the marriage under force or duress
- Felony conviction
- Leaving the spouse for a minimum of one year
- Medical diagnosis that your spouse has a mental illness
This is not an extensive list concerning what a judge will accept as grounds for divorce. It may be that you and your spouse have never experienced any of those issues, but you still want a divorce. According to Georgia Code Section 19-5-3, you can still request a no-fault divorce.
How a GEM Family Law Attorney Can Help
Don’t let the requirements and acceptable grounds for divorce overwhelm you. Our can answer all of your questions and guide you through this process. At your convenience, to schedule an initial consultation.