Question by  CoolCal (44)

What are the laws about divorce and domestic violence in GA?

My sister is being abused in GA. Can she use that as grounds for divorce?


Answer by  olive8 (911)

Your sister can absolutely use her abuse as grounds for abuse. She can get out of a marriage even without that, but she should, for her one sake and for the well being of his future partners bring him to justice on the abuse. At least them he'll at least get help, for the next woman's sake.


Answer by  cedarchick (31)

In a majority of "fault" states, violence within a marriage is grounds for divorce. In "no fault" states, it is usually a "factor" in dividing assets and child custody.


Answer by  janedoe (701)

Actually, you don't need "grounds" for a divorce. She can file for divorce any time she wants. But most states have special rules when abuse is involved and will likely issue a protective order if she can prove she has been abused. Abuse is also a factor in determining child custody and child and spousal support.


Answer by  Fritz (608)

I would think that abuse coulld be used as grounds for divorce no matter what state you live in. Abuse is illegal in any state but look for the laws online and make sure.


Answer by  TheAnswerFairy (2345)

Legally speaking, you do not need any specific grounds for divorce, you just have to not want to be married anymore. But yes, of course abuse is a good reason.


Answer by  Cecilia (2828)

Tell your Sister to make appointments with several divorce lawyers. The first half hour is usually free. She has to choose a lawyer who will fight for her, not just whoever says yes first. Then, she can get a better idea of her options in that state.


Answer by  Roland27 (16334)

Yes, if your sister is being abused she can use that for grounds of divorced. Domestic Violence is something that is NOT accepted by all fifty states. Get your sister some help and get her out of that house right now. Next time he hurts her could be the time he kills her.


Answer by  Smythe (81)

Filing for divorce under cruel and inhumane treatment is the most accurate way to get divorce and have it be for the fact that your spouse abused you.


Answer by  Huntress (1935)

Luckily we live in enlightened times and domestic violence is grounds for divorce in Georgia. Make sure she has some phone numbers of domestic violence groups for support too.

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