- How long does it take to get a divorce?
- How much child support will I pay/receive?
- I am afraid of my spouse. What can I do to protect myself?
- If I am awarded custody of my children, can I move out of state?
- How can a marriage be annulled?
- Incest: Parties in a marriage are blood relatives (siblings, parents, offspring, cousins, nephews, nieces).
- Bigamy: A spouse is legally married to another person when subsequent marriage occurs.
- Underage: Either spouse is under the legal age when marriage took place.
- Unsound mind: Either party in the marriage was of “unsound mind” or unable to understand the nature of marriage and the obligations that come with it
- Fraud: Either spouse marries as a result of deceit or for fraudulent reasons. Some examples include marrying to get a green card or marrying because it is believed you have fathered a child.
- Force: Either party in a marriage consented to marriage as a result of force, including threats of harm to them or family members.
- Physical incapacity: Either one of the parties in a marriage is unable to physically consummate the marriage (incurable impotence, congenital deformities).
After filing a petition for divorce, there is a six-month waiting period during which you will remain married. (Georgia is one of several states that has such a waiting period.) After six months, you are free to divorce. The length of time it takes for your divorce to become final is dependent on how you and your spouse handle property division and custody matters. If you have successfully settled these issues, your divorce may become official at the six-month mark. If you are still negotiating, your divorce will take longer. If your issues are not resolved within five years, you will need to begin the divorce process anew.
You do have the option to bifurcate your divorce. This means that the court terminates your marital status at the six-month mark, or upon your request thereafter, but leaves any other issues open so you and your ex-spouse can continue to litigate or negotiate them.
Child support in Georgia is determined by a formula based upon the respective incomes of both parties and the amount of time each parent will spend with their minor children. A judge inputs such amounts into a computer which determines the guideline for child support. The Georgia Guideline Child Support Calculator can be used to estimate the amount of child support that may be ordered in your case.
You have the right to protect yourself and your children from physical harm and threats of harm. We will discuss the various ways to deal with such abuse, including restraining orders.
Yes, you can relocate, but you must notify your ex-spouse 45 days in advance of the move. He/she then has the option of fighting the relocation if he/she can show that the distance will have a detrimental effect on his/her relationship with the child(ren).
There are specific legal reasons why an annulment may be granted by the court. These grounds include:
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