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DIY Online Divorce: Is it right for you?

What exactly is an online divorce?

For many reasons not all marriages last, and today many marriages end in divorce. In fact, Georgia has one of the highest divorce rates in the nation: only six states have more divorces than The Peach State. In Georgia, 14.11 people for every 1,000 married individuals are divorced. Why is Georgia’s divorce rate so high? Simply, because Georgia’s marriage rate is also very high: Georgia has a marriage rate of 6.8 married people for every 1,000 people. 

The state of Georgia recognizes both no fault and fault-based divorce cases. If you and your spouse both feel that a divorce is necessary and generally agree on certain terms, then you might be a good candidate for a no fault, uncontested divorce. If you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse are able to reach an agreement, you don’t have to go through traditional divorce litigation. Instead, your family law attorney can draft the appropriate paperwork and a divorce settlement agreement.

To save money, some divorcing couples are interested in the new online DIY divorces. Online, DIY divorce could be a good option for couples who:

  • are in agreement
  • don’t share minor children
  • have few assets
  • want to end their marriage quickly

Georgia allows you to represent yourself in any legal case, including divorce. But should you? Is and online divorce right for you? What are you risking by filing for a divorce online?

FAQs About Online Divorce In Georgia

1. Is online divorce legal in Georgia? 
Yes, a DIY divorce filed online is legal in Georgia – but in Georgia divorce is not really all done online.

2. Can I file for divorce in Georgia online?
While online divorce is legal in Georgia, the state does not accept divorce petitions that are filed by fax or online. You must be physically present to file for a divorce in Georgia – or hire a divorce attorney to file for you.

3. Do I need to hire a attorney to file online for a divorce?
If you choose to file an online in Georgia, you are not required to hire an attorney to represent you. However, Georgia divorce petitions must be filed in person, so if you are physically in Georgia you need a legal representative to file for you.

4. How long does a divorce take in Georgia?
Once a divorce petition is filed in Georgia, it can take as few as 31 days to be finalized.

5. Are there qualifications for going online to file for divorce? 
In Georgia, to file for a divorce (including online) there are 3 residency qualifications:

  • be at-minimum a 6-month resident of Georgia
  • the 6 months must be consecutive months immediately prior to filing for divorce
  • a non-resident can file a divorce petition against someone who is a resident of Georgia

6. Where do I find online DIY divorce forms?
There are many online DIY divorce sites – but be careful, some of them are scam sites that can put one or both parties at risk.

Is An Online DIY Divorce Right For You?

Every relationship is unique, and every divorce is unique. The important thing to remember is once your divorce is final – it’s final. If you forgot to ask for an important asset or condition to your divorce, once it’s finalized it’s too late to go back and ask the court to change the terms of your divorce.

As family law attorneys, we’ve seen how good intentions can quickly go bad, and a couple in agreement about their decision to divorce can have significant differences in the terms of their divorce. We advise you consult a divorce attorney before you file a divorce online to make sure you are protected.

The attorneys at FFB have extensive experience in all areas of family law. Contact Farmer, Farmer & Brown Law Firm to schedule a consultation to learn how we can help you at (770) 422-4241 or info@ffbfamilylaw.com.

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