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Do you need a reason to get a divorce in Georgia?

Many people who know they want to leave their spouse wonder if they need to have a legal reason to validate the decision? Do you have to show proof of bad behavior? What if there is none but you still want a divorce? Regardless of your circumstances, you can breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Georgia is a no-fault divorce state.

A no-fault divorce means the only grounds you need is the “irretrievable breakdown of the marriage.” You do not need to prove fault or wrongdoing, even if it was present. You have the option of pointing out wrongdoing, but it may not be beneficial. It often adds more time and money to the process, and does not guarantee any advantage in support payments, asset division or even custody. 

However, if you are a victim of domestic violence, there are steps you can take to protect yourself and your kids from harm. For long-term safety, you will need to present evidence of abuse. A family law attorney can help you with this situation.

What is irretrievable breakdown?

This term means that you and your spouse are no longer compatible and no resolution will be able to repair the relationship. According to Today, common causes of irretrievable breakdown include:

  • Financial problems
  • Unfaithfulness
  • Traumatic experiences (such as losing a child)
  • Lack of connection and/or communication
  • Addiction and/or mental illness
  • Differing values

Other factors include health issues with a spouse or child, frequent travel (for business or military service) and relationships with extended family members.

Understand your rights

You and your spouse may not agree about ending your marriage. However, one party can initiate the marital dissolution even if the other objects. Of course, this may make the process more challenging, but it still can result in divorce.