If you are contemplating a divorce, you probably have a number of questions about the law and the process. At Joseph T. Rhodes Law Firm, we believe our clients make the best decisions for their future when they are fully informed. That’s why we offer free initial consultations. We patiently answer your questions, so you understand the potential complexity of the issues and the range of options open to you. To get you started, we offer this brief list of frequently asked questions and answers.
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What are the grounds for divorce in Georgia?
The Georgia Code § 19-5-3 lists 12 traditional grounds for divorce. These are:
A petitioner who files for divorce alleging grounds must be prepared to offer evidence in court.
Is there a waiting period for a divorce in Georgia?
There is no waiting period when the petitioner files alleging grounds. When a petitioner files no-fault, the court cannot grant the divorce until 30 days after the date of service on the respondent spouse. The waiting period is 120 days if the couple has children.
Does Georgia allow for no-fault divorce?
Yes, a petitioner for divorce can file claiming the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” This filing does not require a finding of fault for either spouse.
How does the court divide property in a divorce?
Georgia follows the process known as equitable distribution. This process allows the court to classify assets and debts as either marital property or separate property and then divide the pool of marital property in a manner that is fair, but not necessarily equal. The court considers numerous factors when deciding how much of the couple’s assets and debts should go to each party.
Will I get alimony or have to pay it?
Alimony in Georgia is based on two main factors: the financial need of one spouse and the ability of the other spouse to pay. Georgia courts do not consider the sex of the parties when determining alimony. If one spouse has been dependent on the other for support, and the other has secure income, a court is likely to order alimony at least in the short term. Courts in George also consider whether one spouse has committed misconduct, such as adultery, that led to the breakdown of the marriage. If so, the court could modify the alimony order.