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Grounds for divorce in Georgia: central considerations

Although most would-be divorce filers in Georgia or elsewhere are likely familiar with the term “grounds for divorce,” they might harbor some questions regarding the phrase and what it entails.

That is understandable. “Grounds” is obviously a term synonymous with “reasons” or a similar word, and there can certainly be many reasons why a party might be seeking a divorce.

Divorce in the United States is truly an interesting subject, given its centrality in family law and several evolutionary phases that have marked it throughout the country’s history.

During an earlier time, for example, and in virtually all jurisdictions across the country, a spouse seeking marital dissolution had to establish some reason for divorce based on an alleged fault (or multiple faults) of the other spouse. Fault-based grounds, unsurprisingly, can be quite wide-ranging, encompassing everything from adultery and various forms of cruelty to incessant drunkenness and the inability to hold a job and provide sufficiently for a family.

Over a period of many years, though, lawmakers in various states began successively weighing in with legislation that dampened down the requirement for a fault-based showing in a divorce action.

As a result of that long-term and consistent pattern, all American states presently allow divorce to be granted on some form of no-fault -- as well as fault-based -- grounds, making is comparatively quicker and easier to obtain a divorce.

Under Georgia law, a no-fault divorce often simply means that a marriage is irretrievably broken, with dissolution being desired without any fault-related allegations.

Further information about divorce grounds in Georgia can be obtained through perusal of information provided online by a divorce-related research group.

And, of course, timely, detailed and case-specific guidance can be readily provided by a proven Georgia family law attorney.

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