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Georgia Residency Requirements
No court shall grant a divorce to any person who has not been a bona fide resident of this state for six months before the filing of the petition for divorce, provided that any person who has been a resident of any United States Army post or military reservation within this state for one year next preceding the filing of the petition may bring an action for divorce in any county adjacent to the United States Army post or military reservation; and provided, further, that a nonresident of this state may file a petition for divorce, in the county of residence of the respondent, against any person who has been a resident of this state and of the county in which the action is brought for a period of six months prior to the filing of the petition. The divorce is typically filed with in county in which the filing spouse lives. (Georgia Code - Sections: 19-5-5)
Georgia Divorce Grounds:
(1) The marriage is irretrievably broken. Under no circumstances shall the court grant a divorce on this ground until not less than 30 days from the date of service on the respondent.
Georgia Property and Debt Division
There are no factors listed in the statutes regarding what is considered by the court when distributing the property upon divorce. The verdict of the jury disposing of the property in a divorce case shall be carried into effect by the court by entering such judgment or decree or taking such other steps as are usual in the exercise of the court's equitable powers to execute effectually and fully the jury's verdict. (Georgia Code - Sections: 19-5-13)
Georgia Spousal Support, Maintenance, or Alimony:
Alimony may awarded to a spouse unless that spouse is guilty of desertion or adultery. This being said, marital conduct is considered in alimony awards in the state of Georgia. Also the following other factors are considered by the court when the parties can not agree on an alimony arrangement; participation each party had to the marital estate; the length of the marriage; the future financial resources of each party; the age and health of each party; the future earning potential of each party; the net worth of each party's separate property; the standard of living sustained during the marriage; and rehabilitative time one party may need to gain employment. (Georgia Code - Sections: 19-5-5)
Georgia Custody and Visitation:
In all cases in which a divorce is granted, the party not in default shall be entitled to the custody of the minor children of the marriage. However, in all cases in which a divorce is granted, an application for divorce is pending, or a change in custody of a minor child is sought, the court, in the exercise of a sound discretion, may look into all the circumstances of the parties, including but not limited to; the parental suitability of each parent, the needs of the child, the prior role of each parent, the wishes of the child, the location of the residences of each parent, and any agreement between the parents. In addition to other factors that a court may consider in a proceeding in which the custody of a child or visitation by a parent is at issue and in which the court has made a finding of family violence. In all cases in which the child has reached the age of 14 years, the child shall have the right to select the parent with whom he or she desires to live. The child's selection shall be controlling, unless the parent so selected is determined not to be a fit and proper person to have the custody of the child. In all cases in which the child has reached the age of at least 11 but not 14 years, the court shall consider the desires, if any, and educational needs of the child in determining which parent shall have custody. (Georgia Code - Sections: 19-9-1 and 19-9-51)
Georgia Child Support:
The state if Georgia has a formula for determining the child support obligation based a percentage of income. These guidelines are applied when the two parents can not agree on a monthly support amount, and at which time the court will also take into consideration the following factors which would allow them to better determine the appropriate amount of monthly child support to be paid: (A) Ages of the children; (B) A child's extraordinary medical costs or needs in addition to accident and sickness insurance, provided that all such costs or needs shall be considered if no insurance is available; (C) Educational costs; (D) Day-care costs; (E) Shared physical custody arrangements, including extended visitation; (F) A party's other support obligations to another household; (G) Income that should be imputed to a party because of suppression of income; (H) In-kind income for the self-employed, such as reimbursed meals or a company car; (I) Other support a party is providing or will be providing, such as payment of a mortgage; (J) A party's own extraordinary needs, such as medical expenses; (K) Extreme economic circumstances (L) Considerations of the economic cost-of-living factors of the community of each party, as determined by the trier of fact; (M) In-kind contribution of either parent; (N) The income of the custodial parent; (O) The cost of accident and sickness insurance coverage for dependent children included in the order; (P) Extraordinary travel expenses to exercise visitation or shared physical custody; and (Q) Any other factor which the trier of fact deems to be required by the ends of justice. (Georgia Code - Sections: 19-5-12, 19-6-14 and 19-6-15)
How Do I Know if I Should File in Georgia?
One would typically file for divorce in the state in which he or she or his or her spouse resides. If you have recently moved to a new state and wish to file in that new state, you may have to establish residency prior to filing.
If you are in the military and are stationed on a base outside your residency state, you typically are able to file in that state or in your residency state.
If you are in the military and are stationed overseas, you would typically file in your home residency state.
Can I Use 3StepDivorceTM if I Have Children?
Yes. The system and your documents will address all the issues regarding your children such as, but not limited to; custody arrangements, visitation and time-sharing, child support, and medical coverage.
Can I Use 3StepDivorceTM if I Cannot Locate My Spouse?
Yes. The system for Georgia will provide the required paperwork and the filing procedure for divorcing your missing spouse. This is referred to as a "divorce by publication".
How Much Are the Georgia Filing and/or Court Fees?
The filing and/or court fees are not included in our fee and typically range from $50.00 to $350.00 in total depending on your location of filing and whether or not you have children. The 3StepDivorce service will typically help you yield the lowest filing fee for you because both you and your spouse are in agreement.
How Long Will the Process Take in Georgia?
The process takes an average of less than 1 hour to answer the required questions and generate the documents. Once you file your documents with the court according the filing procedures, the length of time will vary depending on the number of cases in front of yours. Each court has only one or just a few Judges, Masters, or Referees to review all the pending cases.
Should I File or Should My Spouse File?
As a rule of thumb, for uncontested divorces, the spouse who really wants the divorce to be finalized typically does the filing.
Where and How Do I File My Documents?
The documents are filed at your local county courthouse in the family law or domestic relations division or department. Inside your account you will receive step-by-step filing procedures.
Can I Mail or Fax My Documents to the Clerk?
Many courts do permit you to mail and/or fax the documents. This will vary from county to county and state to state, so it will be best to check with the clerk at the courthouse when you are ready to file.
Do I Have to Go to Court in Georgia?
Depending on your state and your situation, you may or may not have to attend a short hearing. Most of the time when a hearing is required, it only lasts 10-15 minutes and only the filing spouse must attend. The hearing is where you will be granted your divorce and the judge will sign the final judgment or decree.
Do I Have to Also Hire a Lawyer?
3StepDivorce is designed for you to do your own uncontested divorce without hiring a lawyer. You will be acting as your own lawyer and filing for your own divorce. Should you need or desire legal advice or should your divorce become contested, we do suggest you hire the services of a lawyer.
Will My Name Also Be Changed?
The wife has the option to change her name back to her former or maiden name through the 3StepDivorce solution.
When is the Divorce Actually Finalized in Georgia?
The divorce is typically finalized when the Judge signs the final judgment or decree. We give a window of 30-90 days from the filing date, but this will vary due to case load at the courthouse and any mandatory waiting periods.
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This easy to use online divorce is a "do it yourself (without a lawyer)" solution for any uncontested divorce (with or without children) that will be filed in the state of Georgia. An uncontested divorce is one in which you and your spouse are in agreement and eliminates the stress and expense of settling your divorce in court.
With 3StepDivorce TM , you can complete and print your Georgia divorce forms (including a marital settlement agreement) instantly. Follow our step-by-step filing procedures to file for an uncontested divorce in Georgia in a timely, professional, and hassle free fashion. The online software is designed to give you full control of your divorce and also avoids the use of third party data entry, thus helping protect your personal information and privacy. If you're not ready to file for divorce, learn more about getting your Separation Agreement or learn more about the basics of divorce in Georgia and how to do your own divorce in Georgia . Also, If you have any questions try visiting our Georgia Divorce Online Help Center .
Filing for divorce can seem overwhelming. Like starting almost any other legal proceeding, it takes finding the right forms, filling out the forms properly, and understanding the court’s requirements for the next steps you’ll need to take.
Traditionally, most people have hired a lawyer to take care of all the legal matters in their divorce. But more and more couples are turning to a much cheaper option that’s still easier than figuring out everything on their own: filing for divorce online.
If you want to know more, read on for answers to some of the most common questions about online divorce in Georgia.
Georgia 3StepDivorce™ takes care of the divorce paperwork for you. Once you sign up for the service, you’ll answer some questions about your situation. Based on your responses to the questionnaire, Georgia 3StepDivorce™ will fill out the forms the state requires to start the divorce process, along with instructions for adding any further information that’s needed. You’ll be able to print out the forms yourself immediately or, if you prefer, get hard copies by mail.
Georgia has two basic requirements to file for divorce in the state: a residency requirement, and a legally recognized reason for ending your marriage.
In order to get a Georgia divorce, either you or your spouse must have been a state resident for at least six months just before you file your divorce papers. You may also meet this residency requirement if you’ve lived on a U.S. military post for a year before the filing date. (Ga. Code § 19-5-2 (2022).)
Georgia allows you to file for divorce based on either a no-fault or fault-based legal reason (“ground”). To file for a no-fault divorce, you and your spouse simply agree that your marriage is “irretrievably broken,” meaning there’s no reasonable hope of fixing it. (Ga. Code § 19-5-3 (2022).)
When you file for a fault-based divorce in Georgia, you must claim that your marriage is ending because of your spouse’s misconduct, such as adultery, cruel treatment, desertion, or addiction. Because you’ll have to prove that claim, fault-based divorces almost always cost more and take longer to resolve—without any advantage in the vast majority of cases.
That’s why most divorcing couples in Georgia file for divorce based on incompatibility.
Many Georgia residents are finding that they can file for divorce and get through the process without the expense of hiring a lawyer if they’re filing for an “uncontested divorce” in the state. That means that they’ve agreed with each other about all of the legal issues in their divorce, including:
If you still have disagreements with your spouse about these or any other issues involved in ending your marriage, you’ll have to file for a traditional, contested divorce. Because that will involve legal battles and presenting evidence and arguments at court hearings, it would be risky to pursue a contested divorce without a lawyer to navigate the process for you—especially if your spouse has an attorney.
You may use Georgia 3StepDivorce™ as long as:
You’ll need to have a written marital settlement agreement (sometimes called a “property settlement agreement), signed by both you and your spouse, that covers all of the issues in your divorce. Georgia 3StepDivorce™ will guide you through the process of creating this agreement, based on your answers to the questionnaire.
Georgia 3StepDivorce™ can also help if you aren’t ready to file for divorce, but you want a separation agreement with your spouse. For instance, you might want to work out arrangements for support, custody of your children, who has to move out of the family home, and how to take care of the bills while you’re separated but still legally married.
Just because you haven’t been able to agree with your spouse about everything in your divorce, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to go through an expensive and time-consuming contested divorce. You could try divorce mediation. If you’re able to resolve your disagreements with the mediator’s help, you can then use Georgia 3StepDivorce™ to prepare the written settlement agreement, along with the other divorce paperwork.
Generally, you can use Georgia 3StepDivorce™ even when you have minor children with your spouse, as long as you agree on all of the issues related to your kids, including legal and physical custody, a parenting (visitation) schedule, child support, health and dental insurance, and tax deductions. Georgia 3StepDivorce™ will allow you to address these issues in your settlement agreement. We provide a standard parenting schedule, but you’ll have an option of customizing the schedule to meet your individual needs.
However, you won’t be able to address custody-related issues with Georgia 3StepDivorce™ if the affected child or children don’t meet the “home state” requirement. Usually, that means the child must have lived in Georgia with a parent (or a parent figure) during the entire six-month period before you file for divorce (or since birth if the child is younger than six months old). If you don’t meet the six-month rule, you should speak with an attorney to find out whether you might qualify for one of the complicated exceptions to this rule. (Ga. Code §§ 19-9-41(7), 19-9-61 (2022).)
In Georgia, both parents have an obligation to support their children. And like all states, Georgia has child support guidelines for calculating how much support the parents should pay, based largely on their incomes and custody arrangements.
3StepDivorce™ provides the Georgia Child Support Guideline Worksheets, so you can easily calculate the state's guideline level of support. You and your spouse may agree to an amount of child support that differs from the guideline amount, but your agreement must spell out the justification for the difference, based on the circumstances. The judge will need to review your agreement to make sure the amount of support is adequate and meets your child(ren)’s best interests. (Ga. Code § 19-6-15(c)(6) (2022).)
In your settlement agreement, you and your spouse may include child support provisions that aren’t legally required, such as a parent’s contributions to private school tuition or the cost of a child’s college education. You may also agree on some specific questions like which parent will claim the children as dependents on tax returns.
After your divorce in Georgia is final, you (or your spouse) may request a change in the amount of child support, but you’ll need to show that there has been a substantial change in either parent’s financial status or the child’s needs. Generally, you may not request a modification within two years of the previous support order unless one parent has lost income involuntarily, or there have been certain differences in actual visitation compared to the original order. The judge will review your request based on the same legal requirements for an original child support order. (Ga. Code § 19-6-15(k) (2022).)If you want to save the time and expense of a court battle over a request to modify child support, you and your spouse may agree to a modification on your own. However, a judge will need to review your agreement under the same legal standards that apply to an original child support order.
You may be able to get a review of your child support order by the Georgia Division of Child Support Services (DCSS). Based on its review, the agency may then recommend that support be increased or decreased.
When you fill out your questionnaire for Georgia 3StepDivorce™, you’ll answer a series of questions about your separate and marital property and debts, including how you’ll divide your marital property and allocate responsibility for payment of the marital debts.
If you own a home with your spouse, your agreement can spell out what will happen to it when you get divorced. Here again, the questionnaire will include a few questions about the property and how you’ve chosen to deal with it, such as:
In your Georgia 3StepDivorce™, you may also agree on whether and how you’ll divide any retirement accounts that you and your spouse have, including 401(k)s, individual retirement accounts (IRAs), and defined-benefit pensions.
If you started contributing to the retirement plan before you were married, you’ll start by figuring out how much of its current value is marital property and how much is your separate property. There are experts and firms that will do this for you (for a fee, of course). The service is usually known as a pension appraisal or valuation. You’ll almost always need this kind of expert help when you’re dealing with a defined-benefit pension.
Once you know the marital value of your work-related retirement accounts, the easiest way to handle the division of the assets is not to split them but to transfer other assets as an offset. Here’s how that works: Say you have a 401(k) through your job, and the marital portion of the account is worth $100,000. If you and your spouse agree to divide that portion down the middle, and you have other marital assets to divide (such as a regular savings account), your spouse could receive an extra $50,000 from those assets while you keep the entire 401(k). That way, you don’t have to hire another expert to prepare the kind of special order that’s needed to tell the 401(k) administrator how to divide the account.
The rules are different for IRAs. You may simply agree to have your spouse’s share transferred to another IRA account in that spouse’s name. (You’ll have to submit a special form to the bank, along with a copy of your divorce decree.)
You and your spouse may waive any right to alimony in your Georgia divorce, or you may agree on the specifics of alimony payments: who will pay, how much, and for how long. Your agreement may also state whether a court could modify alimony at any time in the future, and it could cover related issues like health insurance and life insurance.
When you get your completed forms with Georgia 3StepDivorce™, your next step will be to file the divorce papers with the superior court clerk’s office in the county where:
Some counties in Georgia require you to file your divorce paperwork online (even when you're representing yourself), so check with the court clerk's office in the county where you’ll be filing to find out the local requirements.
The fees to file for divorce vary somewhat from county to county in Georgia, but they’re usually a little over $200 (or more if you need to have a sheriff deliver the papers to your spouse). If you’re filing your papers electronically, there will be an extra fee for that service. Check with the court clerk’s office (or website) to learn what the fees are in the county where you’ll file your divorce papers, and the methods of payment they’ll accept.
If you can’t afford the filing fee, you may apply for a waiver. You’ll need to file a written request (or “motion”) and affidavit (sometimes called an affidavit of poverty), along with proof of your income. Check with the court clerk’s office for information about applying in the county where you’re filing your divorce papers.
If both you and your spouse consent, you may file a motion to finalize your uncontested divorce any time after 31 days from the date you filed your spouse’s “Acknowledgment of Service” (agreeing to accept the divorce papers from you) or since a sheriff served the papers on your spouse. (Ga. Code § 19-5-3(13); Ga. Uniform Sup. Ct. Rules, rule 24.6 (2022).)
It often takes longer than 31 days—typically 45 days to a couple of months—before the judge signs your final divorce decree, depending on the court’s schedule and whether you’ll need to schedule a court hearing in the county where you’re getting divorced.
Georgia 3StepDivorce™ provides unlimited, live, person-to-person support for customers. If you have any questions about how uncontested divorce works, call our Georgia Divorce Online Help Center at (888) 665-6782 (toll free), Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (Pacific Time).
Please keep in mind that we are not lawyers and so cannot give out legal advice. If you have questions about Georgia law or need legal advice, we recommend that you contact an experienced family law attorney in your area.
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