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Georgia Residency Requirement
According to the Georgia Divorce Laws and Georgia Divorce Guidelines, to get divorced in Georgia, either one of the spouses must have been a resident of of the state for at least 6 months.

Place of Divorce (Venue)
The case may be filed in:
(1) County in which the plaintiff resides
(2) County in which the defendant resides

Time To Divorce
The dissolution of marriage time limit in Georgia is usually 30 days.

Georgia Grounds for Divorce
Grounds for a No-Fault divorce:
(1) Irretrievable breakdown of the marriage

Grounds for a Fault based divorce:
(1) Impotence
(2) adultery
(3) conviction of and imprisonment of over 2 years for an offense involving moral turpitude
(4) alcoholism and/or drug addiction
(5) confinement for incurable insanity
(6) separation caused by mental illness
(7) willful desertion
(8) cruel and inhuman treatment which endangers the life of the spouse (9) habitual intemperance (drunkenness)
(10) consent to marriage was obtained by fraud, duress, or force
(11) spouse lacked mental capacity to consent including incapacity resulting from drug or alcohol use
(12) the wife was pregnant by another at the time of the marriage unknown to the husband
(13) incest

NOTE: Regardless of the reason of the breakdown of the marriage or the reason for filing for divorce in Georgia, the Divorce Do It Yourself Service will do divorces on an "Agreed" basis or a “Default” basis.

  • An Agreed Divorce , defined by Georgia divorce guidelines and Georgia divorce laws, is a scenario where the spouses agree on the terms of the divorce such as Georgia property distribution, Georgia child support, or Georgia child custody. Most of our clients (75%) prefer the Agreed Divorce method and both spouses sign the divorce papers and are agreed to the terms of divorce.

  • A Default Divorce , according to the Georgia divorce guidelines and Georgia divorce laws, is a divorce where the other spouse doesn’t sign the Georgia Divorce forms or Georgia divorce papers, he/she doesn’t do anything at all with the divorce. They simply default on the case and the spouse who files for divorce gets whatever was asked for in the original paperwork.


Georgia Divorce Resources
Here are the important divorce resources for Georgia:


Process to file for Divorce in Georgia
There are just a couple basic procedural steps to a divorce:

  • File Divorce Papers for Georgia (Georgia Divorce Forms)
  • Notify Spouse of your filing for divorce in Georgia
  • Attend your Georgia divorce hearing


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Georgia Child Custody Laws
Simple Definitions: (source: divorce process in Georgia and GA divorce laws)

  • Visitation is the plan the spouses have on where the children will live and when the children will see the other spouse
  • Legal Custody is the decision ability of the parents in the lives of the children. Such as, where the children will attend school.
  • Physical Custody pertains to the place where the children will live and which parent they live with.

Georgia Child Custody, in one form or another, is the preferred method of our Georgia divorce customers. If a sole custody arrangement is to be considered, then there is usually a reason agreed upon by both parties that one parent is to have the children. Usually the financial status of a parent is not to be considered for allocating any parental rights and responsibilities. Shared Custody or Sole Child Custody may be awarded according to the best interests of the child.

Georgia Child Support Laws
If the parents are unable to agree to an amount of child support, there are guidelines that determine the amount of support based on the Georgia Child Support Guidelines. The guideline amount is presumed to arrive at an amount of support that is in the child's best interest. But, most divorcing spouses agree to a figure on their own, that will work just fine. Also, in most situations, -0- Child Support is OK if both spouses are working and can manage. This is also true for a Legal Separation in Georgia.

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Court Filing Fees
To file for divorce in Georgia, fees must usually be paid when you file the Georgia divorce forms and Georgia divorce papers at your county courthouse. These fees vary between County to County, so it is best to call them and ask what the fees are in your County. Regardless of whether you are going through a divorce service, using a Georgia divorce kit, using a divorce attorney (or divorce lawyer), or doing a nearly free divorce in Georgia, you will almost always be the one to cover the court fees which is standard procedure. The Court filing fees are not included in the price of our service, of course.

Georgia Divorce Laws for Property Distribution
In an Uncontested "Agreed Divorce" or "Default Divorce" the property is divided so that both parties agree to the division. The main concern here is to agree to the property division so that it doesn’t create a fight that one party will want to go to a Georgia divorce lawyer or divorce attorney to make the case into a Contested Divorce. Then you will have to incur the fees of a lawyer too.

  • Debts Most divorcing spouses set out who will pay what debts as part of their marital settlement agreement during the divorce process, and close all of their joint accounts.
  • Georgia Alimony Laws (Georgia Spousal Support Laws) In an Uncontested Divorce, Alimony may be awarded to either spouse for their support and maintenance after the divorce. Both parties must agree to it. Since most spouses are working, alimony (if awarded at all), is usually for a shorter period of time, and smaller amount than in the past. In the Georgia divorce laws for alimony, it is possible for alimony to be paid in a lump sum payment of money or a payment plan. Alimony is not required for a person to get divorced in Georgia.

Missing Spouse
If you do not know where your spouse is and cannot locate him/her, after diligent effort, you may still get a divorce in Georgia. It may involve the extra expense of running a newspaper ad or something similar. We help you through the process.

Wife’s Last Name Change
The wife may, if she chooses, receive her Maiden Name back during the divorce. Our Divorce Service includes this name change in our service for FREE.


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