The laws established throughout the different states across America resemble each other in many ways. However, there are some key distinctions that impact decision making depending on the legal practice area. The impact that the geographic location has on a divorce is no different. ABC News examined some of the different approaches the various states take when resolving the dissolution of a marriage. That article also ranked all 50 states on the ease of divorce. In this study the state of Georgia ranked 23 with a divorce rate of 11.6%. Factors such as: how costly and time-consuming is the process? Fees associated with the divorce proceedings, length of time required to be a resident to file and waiting periods before and after filing were all considered.
In fact, Georgia has specific requirements which directly impact the divorce decision. For instance,
- A divorce in the state of Georgia will be handled in the Superior court within the county where you live or where your spouse lives.
- Divorce laws apply only to the residents of a state and each state has its own residency requirements. In Georgia, the residency requirement is six months.
Grounds for divorce in Georgia include the following:
- Imprisonment of over two years
- Willful desertion
- Fraud, duress or force
- Mental capacity/ insanity
- Pregnant by another at the time of marriage unknown to spouse
- Additionally, adultery is a bar to alimony in the state of Georgia
- There is a waiting period of at least 30 days for a divorce filed on the grounds of the marriage being irretrievably broken. This waiting period is typically extended to 120 days in the event the couple has children.
It is always best to seek advice of an attorney if you have come to a point where divorce is the only option. Even matters which appear to be easily resolved, such as an uncontested divorce proceeding, can become complicated and vigorously contested in a moment’s notice. Douglasville Divorce and Family Law Attorneys offers free consultations on all custody, support and divorce related matters.