DIVORCE AND FAMILY LAW

The increase in divorce has its effect, directly or indirectly, on virtually every family in the country. The following information is designed to summarize briefly Georgia’s divorce laws.

Marriage is a civil contract which the State has an interest in preserving. Accordingly, the marriage relationship can be dissolved only as provided by law, by either a divorce or an annulment. It also may be altered by a decree of separation granted by our courts. In any case, there must be a proceeding in the Superior Court of the County in which the person seeking the divorce, separation decree or annulment must prove "grounds" or valid reasons prescribed by law.

1.  WHAT ARE THE GROUNDS FOR DIVORCE IN GEORGIA?

In Georgia there are 13 grounds for divorce. One ground is "irretrievably broken" (sometimes referred to as the "no fault" ground). The other 12 grounds for divorce in Georgia are "fault" grounds.

2.  WHAT IS A "NO-FAULT" DIVORCE?

To obtain a divorce on this basis (irretrievably broken), one party must establish that he or she refused to live with the other spouse and that there is no hope of reconciliation. It is not necessary to show that there was any fault or wrongdoing by either party.

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