The first step for filing for divorce in Georgia is to get a good attorney who you trust, that you know will do a great job for you. To start a divorce in Georgia, we have a client come in and have an initial consultation. That’s an opportunity for that person to meet with us, tell us everything that’s going on, and for us to come up with a plan to get them where they want to go based on where they are right now and what the law is. The next step after an initial consultation is typically to file the divorce case, which involves writing up a formal complaint about divorce, filing it with the courthouse, and then serving it to the other party.
To file for divorce in Georgia, you only need to have been a resident of the state for six months. Other than that, there’s no time bar at all. Hiring a skilled attorney as soon as possible in a divorce or custody case is critical. You want to preserve evidence, text messages, and other things like that as soon as possible because ultimately you’re going to need to show a judge what’s going on in the real world right now. The sooner we can get involved in the case, the sooner that we can start helping.
That’s why hiring a divorce lawyer early in the process is so critically important because we can preserve evidence, we can get restraining orders, we can do all kinds of things the sooner that we get involved in a case.