Divorce, Annulment, and Legal Separation

Every state has differences in the law in regards to marriage and divorce and the State of Georgia is no different. If you are considering filing for a divorce in Georgia, it is imperative that you understand the laws and procedures in your specific state as well as have a legal representative who has a thorough understanding of the law and your case. There are three options when considering how to end a marriage: legal separation, annulment, and divorce.

With a legal separation, your marriage does not legally end, but the couple is able to come to an agreement regarding responsibilities so that they can live apart. This could include property division, child custody, and child support. Some couples choose a legal separation over a divorce because of religious reasons or because they need time apart while they decide what to do long-term.

An annulment is different from a divorce in that it legally declares that the marriage never existed at all. The superior court has the authority to grant an annulment as long as the couple does not have any children or is not pregnant. Examples of reasons why an annulment may be granted is if one of the spouses was already married or if they were too closely related. This being said, annulments are not granted in many situations and so are considerably rare.

A divorce legally ends a marriage. If you want to pursue a divorce, you will be required to file a divorce petition with the Superior Court. There are thirteen grounds for divorce in Georgia and most divorce cases fall into the category of the marriage being irretrievably broken (no-fault divorce). If you have questions regarding pursuing a divorce, annulment, or legal separation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with an Atlanta divorce lawyer from our team at the Stadler Law Group!

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