Georgia Family Law

Georgia laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. Click on the links below to learn more information.

1.State statute Georgia State Statute
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. Fault based and no-fault
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA
b. Property distribution factors Georgia uses fair market value in assessing the value of marital property subsequent to a divorce (as further discussed herein). 
4. Legal separation? Georgia courts do not recognize legal separation.  Georgia offers divorce, annulments, or separate maintenance.
a. Waiting period/Separation period
5. Is mediation required
6. Forms used Forms used
7. Alimony guidelines and factors O.C.G.A. § § 19-6-1; 19-6-5
Alimony formula O.C.G.A § 19-6-15
a. Types
b. Term Limits
Cohabitation "Obligations for permanent alimony shall terminate upon remarriage of the party to whom the obligations are owed unless otherwise provided (GA ST § 19-6-5)
Voluntary cohabitation of such former spouse with a third party in a meretricious relationship shall also be grounds to modify permanent alimony (GA ST § 19-6-12)"
c. Imputing income
d. Change in circumstances
e. Ceases on retirement
Impute income on early retirement
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income
8. Child support factors and guidelines
9. Child support calculator
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed? Allowed
11. Valuation
a. Valuation date Divorce
b. Goodwill divisibility Personal goodwill is not divisible.  Enterprise goodwill is divisible. - Miller v. Miller, 288 Ga. 274 (2010)
c. Standard of value Fair market value
d. Discounts
e. Shareholder/partner agreements
 12. Double dip  Impermissable double dip, not issue because personal goodwill not divisible
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts  
 c. Child support
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  Parties may contract to make adequate provision for support and maintenance consistent with means and circumstances, and such agreement shall be a bar to permanent alimony GA ST § 19-6-8
 15. Common law  


Browse Family Law by State
Choose a state form the list below for state-specific family laws, including legal requirements for divorce, marital property rules, child support guidelines, and much more.
Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming