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The grounds for divorce in Georgia

There may come a time when your marriage is no longer working in your best interest. Perhaps you're in a long-term relationship or have only been married for a short time. What matters at this point is that you've decided to get a divorce, and your attorney can help you understand how to maneuver through the legal battle that is about to take place.

Georgia has several grounds for divorce that you can claim. The main ground that is used includes that the marriage is "irretrievably broken," which is a no-fault grounds for divorce. There are 12 other grounds you can claim, but each states a fault in the marriage.

When you go for a no-fault divorce, you're essentially saying that you don't want to show fault on either person's part, but you don't want to live together or reconcile your marriage. You must be able to establish that you don't live with your spouse in most cases.

The other 12 grounds for divorce are at-fault grounds, which mean that someone has done something wrong. Adultery, for instance, where a wife or husband cheats on the other person, is grounds for divorce. Desertion is another ground for divorce if a spouse does not return to his or her spouse within a year. There are other grounds, like being too-closely related to your partner, getting married to a woman who was already pregnant (but you didn't know at the time of marriage) or mental illness.

In any case, you need to set aside time to review your options for your divorce. You'll want to discuss property division, child custody if you have children and other aspects of your divorce as soon as possible.

Source: State Bar of Georgia, "Divorce," accessed Oct. 29, 2015

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