Divorce Versus Separate Maintenance In Georgia

Divorce Versus Separate Maintenance In Georgia In the State of Georgia, troubled marriages that cannot be mended have three potential options: annulment, divorce, and legal separation. While an annulment is not a viable option for most circumstances, divorce and separation often are. Understanding Divorce in Georgia The more common of the two options, divorce (O.C.G.A.…

Thirteen Grounds for Divorce in the State of Georgia

Thirteen Grounds for Divorce in the State of Georgia Georgia is a state that allows for no-fault divorces, but there are still 12 other reasons set forth by O.C.G.A. § 19-5-3 that, if proven, the state will grant a divorce. An uncontested, or “no-fault” divorce means that either spouse can file for divorce without having…

HB 229 Expands Visitation and Intervention Rights to Great-Grandparents and Siblings

HB 229 Expands Visitation and Intervention Rights to Great-Grandparents and Siblings Recent changes to O.C.G.A. § 19-7-3 have expanded visitation and intervention rights in domestic relations cases concerning minor children to include siblings of parents as well as great-grandparents. Under the previous version of O.C.G.A. § 19-7-3, only grandparents were allowed to file for visitation…

Understanding Custody Modification in Georgia

Understanding Custody Modification in Georgia When parents decide to get a divorce or unwed parents have a child, custody agreements get put in place. In Georgia, child custody and visitation orders are always based on the best interests of the child. When evaluating the child’s best interests, parents submit parenting plans to the court, which…

The Basics of Georgia Child Support Laws

The Basics of Georgia Child Support Laws For many parents who have either never been married or are divorced, child support plays a major role in their financial realities. While the laws can become rather complicated, having a cursory understanding of the basics of Georgia’s child support laws can help parents comprehend and plan for…

What’s Yours and What’s Mine: Understanding Commingled Marital Assets

What’s Yours and What’s Mine: Understanding Commingled Marital Assets In many divorces, one of the most common areas of contention is the division of assets.  Whether discussing property, savings, or even debt, this step can be stressful and emotionally-charged, especially if either of the parties are entering into the discussion with unrealistic expectations.  Therefore, understanding…