When you decide to go through the process of divorce, you have your own specific reasons. There may be one event that led to your decision. Or you may have slowly reached a point where you no longer want to stay married.

To address the different reasons people have for ending their marriages, Georgia has 13 different grounds that a person can use to file for divorce. These grounds include:

  • Irretrievably broken – When you file under this type of divorce, you tell the court that neither you nor your spouse is to blame. You simply don’t want to stay married. Once you file under irretrievable breakdown, your spouse must respond to the filing within 30 days.
  • Adultery – If your spouse cheats on you, the court considers that a reason to grant you a divorce.
  • Desertion – If your spouse leaves you and your family for a full year, you can file for divorce.
  • Conviction of a crime – If your spouse goes to jail for at least two years for an offense relating to moral turpitude, you can ask a court to grant you a divorce.
  • Cruel treatment – This ground can help spouses who deal with domestic violence get out of a toxic marriage.
  • Drug or alcohol addiction – A court can grant you a divorce if your spouse is an addict.

These are just a few of the grounds you can use to divorce. And if one doesn’t fit your situation, you can claim a no-fault divorce under the grounds of irretrievable breakdown.

Your reasons for divorce are unique to you. Georgia law recognizes this and offers you multiple ways to ask a court for a divorce.