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Types of Divorce in Georgia

By Howard Law Group  Feb. 10, 2014 3:50p

Georgia, like other states, has a no-fault divorce where neither spouse has to prove that the other one did anything wrong. The no-fault divorce is often an uncontested divorce as well, which means that the parties agree on the divorce and have formed an agreement on the various issues pertaining to it, such as child custody and visitation, the division of marital property and debts, and spousal maintenance. In cases where the couple does not agree on something, they can obtain divorce mediation services to help them forge an acceptable agreement and move forward. No-fault divorces are the easiest and quickest divorces to obtain.

Georgia also maintains fault grounds for divorce. Using one of these fault grounds requires that the spouse seeking the divorce prove to the court how the other spouse violated the marriage. Divorces of this kind involve courtroom litigation and thus may be more time-consuming, expensive, and stressful. Generally, they are used when a spouse wishes to gain an advantage when it comes to child custody, spousal maintenance, or the division of the marital property. Georgia has 12 different grounds for divorce which can be used in these cases. They include:

  • Intermarriage by persons within the prohibited degrees of consanguinity or affinity
  • Mental incapacity at the time of the marriage
  • Impotency at the time of the marriage
  • Force, menace, duress, or fraud in obtaining the marriage
  • Pregnancy of the wife by a man other than the husband at the time of the marriage, which was unknown to the husband
  • Adultery in either of the parties after the marriage
  • Willful and continued desertion by either of the parties for the term on one year
  • The conviction by either party for a criminal offense which results in a prison term for two years or more
  • Habitual intoxication
  • Cruel treatment
  • Incurable mental illness
  • Habitual drug addiction

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