Question: I'm writing on behalf of a friend and a business partner who needs to get a divorce. He was kind of blindsided by the fact that his wife wants a divorce. He thought their marriage was great but then he just got served papers at their home in Dunwoody.
I started a business with him about 15 years ago and we've known each other from Georgia Tech where we were in the same fraternity.
He couldn't believe that his wife served him with divorce papers and he's pretty devastated. He knew the marriage wasn't great and that counselling wasn't working too well, but he never thought it would come to this.
I mean, looking at his wife's Facebook it really does seem like everything is great. The vacation pictures and the expensive dinners look fun, and she's always wearing new clothes. Their life seems almost perfect. And I know he buys her stuff too. He'll spend money on jewelry for her and she likes getting plastic surgery. She recently got breast enhancements and some work done on her lips. So I can't figure out what her problem is with him.
Maybe she's still angry about the affair he had and that she found out that he was on the website Ashley Madison to have an affair, but all that was well over a year ago.
He's asking me for advice about what to do. He's asked things like where do they get divorced and does he have to leave the house. Now he really needs the best divorce lawyer he can get.
F.J. in Dunwoody, Georgia
Answer: Many people only post on Facebook the best parts of their lives. They selectively post the pictures and tell the stories that put them in the best light. Rarely do you see someone complaining about a spouse on Facebook. Because what's posted is carefully selected to present the best possible image to the world, many family members, friends and acquaintances of divorcing couples are surprised that the relationship has deteriorated to such an extent. As divorce lawyers, we see this all the time.
The divorce would take place in the county where the parties reside. And if they reside in different counties, then it would be in the county where the defendant resides. Divorce and family law matters are handled in the superior court.
As for him leaving the house, that's usually a bad idea. He could be seen as abandoning the home if he leaves.
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