Attorney Robert F. Pirkle has been serving clients in Savannah and throughout Georgia with compassionate and effective legal representation since 1984.
Divorce is common in the United States and it has a reputation for being a highly contentious family law matter. Separating couples can risk ending up in an emotional fallout or combative legal battle, causing emotional damage within the family and even financial hardship due to court fees. Though divorce may be the only way to resolve your situation, it should not have to break your bank - or your family.
With the right legal guidance, you can successfully navigate a divorce and reach an amicable resolution with your former spouse. Attorney Robert F. Pirkle has more than 35 years of legal experience and has the skill to take on even the toughest divorce matters in Georgia. With a compassionate divorce attorney in Savannah, GA at your side you can build a better tomorrow for you and your family.
What Are Grounds for Divorce in Georgia?
The decision to get a divorce can be a stressful and emotionally strenuous decision. Actually going through with the divorce can be one of the most important legal decisions that a person will make. As a result, the last thing you want is to find yourself at a loss because you do not understand the legal process, or you do not know your rights and responsibilities during the process.
According to Georgia Code Title 19, Section 5-3, the grounds for divorce include:
- Intermarriage with a person of close blood relation
- Mental incapacity at the time of marriage
- Impotency at the time of marriage
- Use of force, menace, duress, or fraud to obtain the marriage
- Pregnancy at the time of marriage, unknown to the husband and conceived by another man other than the husband
- Willful and continued desertion for at least one year
- Conviction of a crime that results in at least 2 years imprisonment
- Habitual intoxication or abuse of controlled substances
- Cruel treatment
- Incurable mental illness
- Irreconcilable differences, or marriage that is irretrievably broken
If a couple cannot come to an agreement regarding the terms of a divorce, the courts may choose the following options:
- They may refer a couple to counseling, mediation, or another form of alternative dispute resolution.
- If a resolution still cannot be met through the process of mediation, the court may see fit to intervene and create a legally binding court order to which both spouses must adhere.
There are a few requirements to keep in mind if you and your spouse live in Georgia and are considering a divorce.
- Residency requirement – One of the spouses must have lived in Georgia for 6 or more continuous months before filing for divorce
- Where to file – Both the Petition for Divorce & Final Judgement and the Decree of Divorce needs to be filed in the county where at least one of the spouses live
- What to include – The petition should include the following information:
- Living arrangements
- Assets and debts
- Children from the marriage
- Reason for divorce
- Separation requirement – The spouses need to be separated before filing for divorce. Separation can be any of the following:
- Entirely separate living arrangements
- Separate rooms in the same home
- Non-sexual relationship
- Timeline – Divorces can be granted in 30 days, but it can also take longer
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