Many people in Georgia file for divorces each year. The process can seem daunting for those who have not gone through it before. The law sets out specific grounds and procedures for initiating an action.
The state allows a total of 13 different grounds on which a divorce action can be based. People who file for divorce proceed under one. The first category is that the marriage is irretrievably broken, which is commonly known as a no-fault divorce. The other 12 are fault grounds, and include assertions that the other person did something wrong that caused the breakup. Examples include adultery, imprisonment, drug or alcohol problems, desertion, marriage between too-closely related individuals, impotency, fraud in getting married, the wife being pregnant at the time of marriage without disclosing it to the husband, mental or physical abuse and mental illness.