Georgia is a “no-fault” divorce state, so you can get a divorce based solely on the grounds that the marriage is irretrievably broken. When a marriage is irretrievably broken, the parties are unable to work out the differences in their marriage and they feel that their only option is to file for divorce. The party that is filing for divorce is not blaming the other party for the break-up of their marriage and it is neither party’s fault that they are divorcing. In some cases, people may want the divorce over fairly quickly and/or feel it may upset their spouse and it could cause problems during the divorce process if they list anything except irretrievably broken as a grounds for divorce.
One of the disadvantages to claiming irreconcilable differences as the ground for divorce is that it may not encompass the real reason for the divorce. Even though a lot of the divorces end because of irreconcilable differences, there are some cases when it is the opposing party’s conduct or behavior that causes problems in the marriage. If someone decides to choose one of the“fault grounds” in Georgia, there are ten additional grounds for divorce that that they can choose from that are based on the past or present behavior of their spouse. These grounds fall into two separate categories – conduct at the time of marriage and conduct during the marriage, which are set forth below: