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Grounds For Divorce

There may be many reasons for the breakdown of your marriage. However, when filing for divorce in Georgia, you may only select one reason from a predetermined list of grounds. In some cases, the grounds identified for divorce may have little impact on the outcome of the divorce. However in other instances, the ground for divorce may influence important divorce issues such as property division, alimony or child custody.

If you have plans to file for divorce in Georgia, it is vital to consult with an experienced family law attorney before doing so. With proper legal guidance, you can protect your best interests as you navigate the divorce process.

Choosing The Legal Reason For Your Divorce

When you work with Daniels & Rothman, our attorneys will educate you on the various grounds for divorce as dictate by Georgia law. We will help you understand the implications of each, and what grounds are best suited to your specific circumstances.

There are currently 13 grounds for divorce in our state. In the great majority of cases, one of the following is used:

  • No-Fault Divorce: The marriage is irretrievably broken, and there is no hope of reconciliation. This is the most common ground for divorce in Georgia.
  • Common Fault-Based Grounds For Divorce: In these cases, there must be sufficient proof to support the allegations.
    • Adultery — sexual intercourse outside of the marriage
    • Cruel treatment, including emotional abuse and physical domestic violence
    • Chronic alcoholism or substance abuse
    • Abandonment

Confused About Fault Versus No-Fault Divorce? We Can Help.

Choosing your grounds for divorce is only a first step in the legal process. When you work with our law firm, we will be with you every step of the way. Learn more about your legal options by contacting our Athens law firm at 706-621-5166. Our lawyers offer free consultations to all prospective clients.

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