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Divorce is the more well-known term for the legal dissolution of a marriage. Georgia is generally a “no-fault” divorce state. However, it still has on its books various fault-based grounds for divorce. These grounds for divorce include adultery, cruel treatment, and desertion. Fault-based grounds usually make an impact in a divorce during the determination of alimony. Today in Georgia, many people use the “irretrievably broken” grounds to gain a divorce.

A divorce can be long and costly, or straightforward and simple, depending on how the parties deal with their situation and with each other. However, in most Georgia divorces, issues of property, alimony, custody, and financial support for children will have to be worked out. However, an online divorce, or any variant of a “do it yourself divorce” is usually not as effective as a meeting with an Atlanta Family Law attorney, who will best understand divorce process, divorce costs and mediation, in the end, often saving time and money.


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5 Simple Rules For Communicating During Divorce

As Kordell Stewart and Porsha Williams of The Real Housewives of Atlanta demonstrated so vividly, communicating with a spouse during a divorce can feel like an insurmountable challenge.

But there are certain rules you should follow when talking to a spouse for the sake of your civility, your children, and your case.

Here are five simple rules for communicating during divorce:

Hiring a Divorce Attorney: 7 Important Questions

As part of the first steps of getting a divorce, be sure to ask a divorce attorney crucial questions that can help you mentally prepare you for what's ahead.

Here are seven questions to ask your divorce attorney:

3 Reasons to Go to Family Law Court

Many people consider family court to be one of the most difficult courts to attend due to the personal matters involved. But sometime it's necessary. Family law governs all matters of the family unit, including marriage, divorce, adoption, and child custody issues.

In Atlanta, the Superior Court of Fulton County has a specialized family law division that handles the proceedings.

With an eye toward resolving your family's legal problems, here are three reasons to go to family court:

Adult Children of Divorce: Legal Concerns Not In the Movies

Are you an "ACOD"? Life as an Adult Child of Divorce can be tragic but also "fluid, bizarre and at times, flat-out funny," according to Stu Zicherman, the director and co-writer of "A.C.O.D.," a new divorce comedy starring Adam Scott, James Lynch, and Amy Poehler.

The movie, which was filmed in Atlanta, takes a lighthearted approach in its examination of how divorce affects adult children. But from a legal perspective, the consequences can be anything but a laughing matter.

Here are a few legal issues adult children of divorce regularly face and what they can do about them:

What's the Quickest Way to Get a Divorce?

In Georgia, the quickest way to get a divorce is through an uncontested divorce.

A smooth uncontested divorce can be finalized in as little as 31 days. All the major issues related to the divorce are settled between the parties, with no loose ends. That's how it's supposed to work, anyway.

Here are a few areas you and your spouse should try to pre-emptively resolve in order to help fast-track a divorce:

5 Ways to Potentially Invalidate a Prenuptial Agreement

When you got married, you may have been wildly in love and willing to sign anything, including an unfavorable prenuptial agreement.

Now the blind love has worn off and you're looking to invalidate that prenuptial agreement to get your fair share.

While you may think that you are out of luck, there actually are quite a few ways to get a prenup tossed out of court. Here's a look a five common ways that an Atlanta family lawyer can invalidate a prenuptial agreement:

Avoid Match.com, Facebook If You're Going Through Divorce

You've heard people say it before: Stay off Facebook if you're going through a divorce.

In fact, it may be good advice to stay off any website where you have a public profile. And you may not want to update your status or post pictures either.

Why? Because according to a recent survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 64% of lawyers say they've cited Match.com profiles as evidence in divorce cases.

Is Legal Separation a Good Alternative to Divorce?

Traditionally, the only legal alternative to getting a divorce was to stay married, with the illegal option being "find a way to get rid of your spouse." But more couples these days are choosing legal separation instead.

That means those couples are still officially married in the eyes of the law. But in day to day life, they aren't really together anymore.

Is that the right choice for you? It's hard to say, although your attorney might be able to give you better advice. What we can offer is some things to think about. For example:

Choosing Between Fault and No Fault Divorce in Georgia

Nothing about divorce is simple but if you live in Georgia, you have an extra decision to make. Should you choose a fault or a no fault divorce?

This isn't about where you put personal blame. The law doesn't really care if you tell everyone you ex is a walking nightmare, or if you politely say "things just didn't work out." In law,fault and no fault refer to legal concepts, not personal responsibility.

Like many other legal terms, if you want to use it then you have to prove it; in court that is. What you have to prove in divorce is specific to what you choose.

First Steps When You're Getting Divorced

Figuring out how to deal with divorce isn't an easy process. No one just wakes up one morning thinking "maybe today I'll get a divorce." Deciding whether it's the right choice takes time, and then actually going through the process can take even longer.

We can't help you with the soul-searching that goes into deciding whether to get a divorce. That's what family, friends, and community are for.

But if you've made the decision to pursue a divorce, there are some first steps you can take. While they may not ease the emotional decision, it may help you deal with the process.