Many divorces may start out as amicable, but getting them to stay that way may involve a bit of luck and a lot of good faith effort by both parties. Although a divorce may be filed as a no-fault divorce, that does not mean that the parties are agreeing to an uncontested divorce. A no-fault divorce in Georgia is based on the claim that the marriage is irretrievably broken, and most divorces ultimately end up being based on that ground.
One of Georgia's neighboring states is considering a change to its family law process which, if passed, would significantly reduce the mandatory waiting period for couples who wish to divorce in the state. Although it seems like a simple proposal, the bill has been met with some resistance from organizations and advocates who feel that reducing the waiting period might discourage reconciliation.
Earlier this week, we began a discussion of a recently released study from the United States Census Bureau, which reported that the divorce rate in Georgia and throughout the southern region of the country is higher than the national average. Specifically, the study reported that the divorce rate in the south was 10.2 percent for men and 11.1 percent for women in 2009, above the national average of 9.2 percent for men and 9.7 percent of women.
When Bernie Madoff was arrested in 2008 and charged in connection with one of the largest, most damaging Ponzi schemes in U.S. history, his wife of 50 years denied any knowledge of her husband's fraudulent actions. "Like everyone else, I feel betrayed and confused," Ruth Madoff said in a statement released shortly after Bernie's arrest. "The man who committed this horrible fraud is not the man whom I have known for all these years."
Earlier this month, a federal appeals court ruled that an airline cannot decide that a pilot's divorce is fake, dismissing a lawsuit that accused nine pilots of divorcing their spouses in an attempt to tap into their pension benefits early.
Georgia law provides for uncontested, no-fault divorces. Until recently, so did every other state in the country, except for one.