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Filing for divorce is difficult, no matter the circumstances; however, there are some factors that can make dissolving your marriage even more complicated. If you are currently thinking of ending your marriage—or have received papers informing you that your spouse has petitioned for divorce—it's imperative that you work with an attorney who is focused on protecting your best interests. Attorney Joseph Zdrilich has helped a number of clients successfully navigate Georgia divorce proceedings, all while providing personal and compassionate representation.

Types of Divorce

Georgia divorces fall into one of two categories: uncontested and contested. Uncontested divorces are generally the least cumbersome, as all of the important decisions regarding child custody, child support, spousal support, and division of assets/debt have already been worked out. Contested divorces, on the other hand, may be more difficult because an agreement regarding these matters hasn't been reached.

Georgia Divorce Requirements

To file for divorce in Georgia, certain residency requirements must be met. The law states that either you or your spouse must have been a Georgia resident for at least six months before you are eligible to obtain a divorce from the courts. In addition, you must already be legally separated from your spouse. If you don't meet these requirements, you may have to file for divorce in other state or wait until the requirements have been met.

If you meet these requirements, you can then file a divorce petition. On this paperwork, you will be required to select the reason why you wish to end your marriage. While Georgia recognizes 13 grounds for divorce—including marriage under duress and domestic violence—most couples cite "irretrievably broken" on their petition.

Hiring a Divorce Lawyer

Even in the most amicable of divorces, it may be worth having a qualified Georgia divorce attorney on your side to act as your advocate during the proceedings. Your attorney can address the important issues that will come up throughout the course of your divorce, and can help you file temporary orders while you wait for the divorce to become finalized.

Having the right attorney on your side can help with the divorce process. For a case evaluation, please contact the Zdrilich Law Group today.