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Dekalb county divorce court


Dekalb county divorce court helps the couple stating in Dekalb County or Georgia for getting divorce. The divorce process in Dekalb County takes place in family division of superior court in Dekalb County, Georgia. The process starts when you file for petition and ends when final decree is signed by the court.

You must fulfill certain grounds and requirements when you decide to file divorce in Dekalb County. Before filing for divorce, either you or your spouse must be residing in Georgia for six months or must be staying in United States.

You can file for divorce in Dekalb county divorce court on fault or no fault basis. For filing divorce on no- fault basis you have to simply prove that you want divorce because of irreconcilable differences. For filing divorce on fault basis factors like adultery, cruelty, impotency, imprisonment, drug addiction or mental health problem are included. Georgia is no-fault state, but also grants divorce on fault basis.

The divorce court takes into consideration family issues like alimony, child custody and visitation, child support, property division and debt payment. When issues related to child are involved, court keeps this as the priority. All these issues will be a part of legal process .so it is advisable to appoint a lawyer who can guide you well in this situation.

Process of filing divorce in Dekalb county divorce court:

The process of filing divorce is same as other states.

  • Once you fulfill all the residential requirements and grounds of divorce, file for the petition. It is the form that states the reason for filing divorce and basic information of both the parties and children (if any).you can get these from the clerk of Dekalb county’s office district.
  • Once you fulfill all the necessary information attach the documents like marriage certificate, address proof or proof of grounds on which divorce is filed.
  • Get the copies of petition and file one copy with the court. Pay necessary filing fees. You can enquire about the fees from the clerk.
  • Serve one copy to the spouse stating that you have filed for divorce. You can serve the papers through mail or by hand-delivery. Help of sheriff is not required if the divorce is uncontested.
  • Your spouse will sign the document stating that he/ she have received the documents and is ready to get in the divorce process
  • If you have the problem of paying court fees, you can ask for the waiver of service. The court will soon schedule the date of hearing.
  • Attend the hearing when announced. The court will check all the documents and sign the final decree stating the parties are divorced.
  • If your divorce is uncontested, it gets finalized during the hearing. It almost takes 30 days to schedule the hearing after you have filed for the petition.

You can also get the petition form and other necessary papers that are required by the Deaklb County divorce court online. All you need to do is make a good research of the websites that provides legally acceptable papers and register yourself.


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