The Collaborative Law Institute of Georgia (“CLIG”) has launched an innovative new website which reveals the extraordinary benefits of the collaborative process in resolving divorce and family law disputes through the use of popular texting acronyms and graphics reinforcing the image of two people being able to sit down together or have a beverage together while they discuss and resolve their case. The approach also includes the clever tagline “Divorce With Benefits™.” Here are some of those benefits in the following slideshow:
As a Marietta and Cobb County collaborative divorce lawyer and an Atlanta collaborative divorce attorney, I am very excited by the new marketing approach and the improved message we can share with the public to educate them about the benefits of collaborative divorce over traditional litigated divorce. If you have questions about the collaborative process and whether it is right for you and your family, check out the CLIG website or give us a call at 770.425.6060.
A person seeking a divorce in Georgia must establish jurisdiction. He or she is required to have been a resident of the State for at least six months before a Complaint for Divorce can be filed. The complaint must be filed in the county where the other spouse resides. Typically, this will be the county where the parties lived together.
The Complaint for Divorce must state the reason the divorce is sought. There are 13 statutory grounds for divorce in Georgia. The most commonly used ground is “irretrievably broken” (sometimes referred to as the “no-fault” ground). The other 12 grounds for divorce in Georgia are “fault” grounds.
To obtain a divorce on this basis (irretrievably broken), one party must establish that he or she refuses to live with the other spouse and that there is no hope of reconciliation. It is not necessary to show that there was any fault or wrongdoing by either party.
To obtain a divorce on one of the 12 “fault” grounds, one must prove that there was some wrongdoing by one of the parties to the marriage.
As an example, one fault ground is adultery. Adultery in Georgia includes heterosexual and homosexual relations between one spouse and another individual.
Another “fault” ground for divorce in Georgia is desertion. A divorce may be granted on the grounds that a person has deserted his or her spouse willfully for at least a year. Other “fault” grounds include mental or physical cruel treatment, marriage between persons who are too closely related, mental incapacity at the time of marriage, impotency at the time of marriage, force or fraud in obtaining the marriage, pregnancy of the wife unknown to the husband at the time of the marriage, conviction and imprisonment for certain crimes, habitual intoxication or drug addiction, and mental illness.
SOURCE (and for more basic information): State Bar of Georgia
If you are contemplating filing for divorce, you have likely tried to do everything in your power to make things work. You have read books on relationships, attended counseling sessions, and gone on retreats. At some point, however, the reality becomes too big to ignore: The marriage just is not working.
Once you have decided to end your marriage, you will likely begin researching your options. As you do this research, you may come across information regarding “collaborative law” and wonder if this would be a good option for you.
In a collaborative divorce, the divorcing couple agrees not to go to court. They decide to resolve their dispute respectfully by focusing on their goals and by coming up with a solution that works for both parties.
Who benefits from collaborative divorce?
Many people may benefit from collaborative divorce in Georgia. It is designed for people who want a civilized, respectful resolution of their issues. The couple must be willing to focus on solutions rather than on accusations or revenge. Specifically, the process is good for:
- People who want to maintain a productive working relationship with their ex-spouses.
- People who will be co-parenting and who place their children’s interests at the top of the priority list.
- People who want to protect their children from the negativity associated with a bitter divorce dispute.
- People who want to make their own decisions over child-rearing and financial arrangements, instead of having a judge make those decisions.
- People who want to keep their family issues private.
If you are considering a collaborative divorce, contact our Georgia family lawyers
If you are contemplating a collaborative divorce, contact us. We have years of experience working with families to preserve relationships. Contact us at 770.425.6060 or fill out an online contact form.