Commonly Asked Questions: Georgia Divorce Law

Divorces are difficult no matter which state you are in. We’re located in Georgia and thought it would be helpful if we provided a list of commonly asked questions about Georgia divorce law.

How much will a divorce cost me?

The clerk charges $213 minimum for the filing fees alone.  For your attorney, not every divorce is the same and it will largely depend upon the complexity of the case and your specific situation.

How long does a divorce take?

There is no set time frame for a divorce. If you and your ex are on the same page and can agree to terms during mediation then the process will stay fairly short.  However, the law does require a minimum thirty (30) day waiting period from the time you file and your spouse is served.

Do I have to give a reason for the divorce?

No. Georgia grants “no-fault divorce” which means you do not need to list a specific reason for the divorce other than the marriage is irrevocably broken.

What about the children?

If you and your spouse cannot agree, the court will ultimately decide what is in the best interest of the child. In Georgia both parents are required to support the child until the age of 18.

Can I get alimony? / Do I have to pay alimony?

Alimony is not mandatory in Georgia but may be awarded depending upon one spouses needs and the other spouses ability to pay.  There are various types of alimony that may be awarded based on the circumstances of each case.

What is a collaborative divorce?

During a collaborative divorce both parties sit down with their lawyers and talk through any disputes and come up with a mutually agreed upon settlement instead of having a judge decide your fate.

Can child custody be modified?

Child custody along with visitation orders may be modified, however keep in mind with regards to visitation modifications there is a two-year limitation that may apply.

If you are considering a divorce or are in the middle of one contact an experienced family law attorney immediately to better understand your rights and help you through the process.

To learn more about Georgia divorce law, contact us.