How to File for a Divorce in Georgia


If your marriage has come to an end and you are now considering the prospect of filing for divorce, you may be wondering where to begin with this process. Hiring an experienced divorce attorney is immensely crucial in navigating each step and ensuring your interests are protected. Continue reading to find out more about filing for divorce in Georgia.

Dissolving Your Marriage

Ultimately, no matter what state you are in, getting a divorce results in the same endgame – dissolving your marriage. However, that does not mean the process is identical in every state, so it is important to understand your state’s unique process.

The first step in filing for divorce in Georgia involves preparing all of your forms in the correct county. Before you begin, keep in mind that you or your spouse must have been a resident of the county in which you are filing for at least 6 months before you file for divorce. Assuming you meet the residency requirements, you will begin this process by completing your Complaint for Divorce. In Georgia, you can file for either a no-fault divorce or a fault-based divorce.

Below are some of the fault grounds in the state:

  • Adultery
  • Mental incapacity
  • Drug addiction or habitual drunkenness
  • Impotence
  • Desertion for a year or more
  • Being too closely related
  • Cruel treatment

After completing your divorce forms, you must give your complaint to the clerk’s office of the superior court. You will then serve an extra copy of the complaint to your spouse. If you are uncomfortable with the idea of serving your spouse divorce papers, you can hire a process server.

Additionally, you may be required to make specific financial disclosures. Some of this information may include your income, debts, tax returns, assets, bank statements, and personal financial statements.

Speak to an Experienced Family Law Attorney About Your Divorce Case Today!

If you can no longer make your marriage work, do not hesitate to reach out to the family law team at Pirkle & Pirkle Law for knowledgeable legal guidance. Our family law attorneys have helped clients navigate some of the most delicate legal matters since 1974 and will work tirelessly on your behalf to secure the best possible results.

Reach out to our law office today at (912) 205-5038 to set up a case evaluation with one of our compassionate divorce attorneys to learn more about what we can do for you.