Each state differs in divorce laws, so it’s important to know what your state says about divorce before submitting your petition. We’re here to answer frequently asked questions about divorce, then guide you on this legal journey. Consider the following FAQs.
What are the residence requirements regarding divorce?
Before filing for a divorce in Georgia, one spouse must have lived in Georgia for at least six months. The other spouse does not necessarily have to live in Georgia for you to file the divorce petition. After filing, your case will take different courses depending on the controversy. An uncontested divorce can be finalized in as little as 31 days whereas a contested divorce has many different routes and timelines based on what’s at stake.
Is Georgia a fault-based state?
Georgia is a no-fault state meaning divorce laws allow residents to file for divorce based on irreconcilable differences, there being no hope for reconciliation of the relationship. If there is fault present, such as adultery or substance abuse, that will be taken into consideration by the judge when he determines alimony, child custody or child support (if applicable).
How does the judge determine asset division?
Georgia is considered an equitable state which means asset division will be decided fairly, not necessarily equally. The judge will consider how much financial contribution each spouse put forth in the marriage as well as other factors such as wrongdoings, adultery, and even demeanor towards the other party.
Is a divorce lawyer necessary?
We highly recommend selecting an experienced family law attorney to help you through your divorce proceedings. Your divorce attorney can provide zealous representation and seek the best possible outcome for you, especially if your divorce involves child custody.
If you choose to represent yourself, you are expected to know the law and understand all the civil procedures and rules. You might agree to things in the courtroom you don’t understand or would not have agreed to if your attorney were present.
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Mickey Kicklighter has extensive experience helping those who are pursuing divorce. This journey can be overwhelming and emotional, but with the help of a knowledgeable divorce attorney, it can kickstart a new chapter in life. Contact us today to meet with Mickey: 912-754-6003