Divorce: What if my spouse doesn't live in Georgia?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Mar 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Question:  I need to get a divorce from my husband who now lives in New York. I live here in Georgia, in Cherokee County, and I work in Sandy Springs. My husband moved out of Georgia about 5 years ago. First he lived in Florida, then in North Carolina and finally he moved to New York, where he works for an insurance company and lives with his parents.

We actually have a decent relationship and sometimes he sends the kids' birthday presents when he remembers their birthdays. He was into drugs and alcohol for a while but now his parents say that he's sober again.

I've met a guy and I want to remarry. My fiancé said he'd adopt my kids. But what I want to do is get divorced. I know I can't be married to two people at the same time, although I bet that happens a lot. We've set a wedding date and mailed out invitations so I really need to get that divorce quick.

My husband said he doesn't want to come to Georgia. He said it's expensive, he can't get time off of work and he has bad memories of living here. And knowing him, I'd bet he has an outstanding warrant or two.

So I need to know what I can do to get an uncontested divorce if my husband lives out of state. He said he'll sign the divorce papers if I get a divorce lawyer to do them.

G.P. in Dunwoody, GA

Answer:   We have done many uncontested divorces for clients whose spouse does not live in Georgia. Sometimes the spouse lives in another state; sometimes the husband or wife resides in another country.

If a spouse lives out of state or in another country, we can definitely do the divorce here in Georgia, in fact, we do that all the time. However, the out-of-state spouse must consent to jurisdiction here. We prepare the necessary divorce papers, submit them to the appropriate court and monitor the case until completion.

Most of the time, the spouse who lives outside of Georgia never has to appear in court and never has to even come to Georgia.

About Us

Looking for an uncontested divorce?  We can help protect you!  Having served as a Magistrate Judge, an Assistant Attorney General and as a Senior Assistant County Attorney has provided us with tremendously valuable experience.

Here at the Sherman Law Group we welcome all questions and try to answer as many as possible on our blog.  If you have a question, email it to us and we'll do our best to answer it (we might have to edit it for length).  Of course, all questions are anonymous.  Please call us at 678-215-4106.

About the Author

William H. Sherman

With a professional background that includes serving as a Senior Assistant County Attorney and as an Assistant Attorney General, attorney William H. Sherman has great experience, a broad range of legal knowledge and a proven record of success.  Each of Mr. Sherman's clients gets the full benefit of his experience.  Because attorney Sherman has worked for governmental organizations, large corporations and clerked for a judge, he has handled a wide variety of cases from negotiation and trial to successful appeal. Mr. Sherman is very proud of his reputation as a problem-solver who is always available to his clients.  Active in the community, Mr. Sherman and his wife, attorney Valerie Sherman, support many community organizations, sports teams and charities.  Call him now and let his experience work for you.


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment

What our clients say...

“I just wanted to write to say that I feel so lucky to have chosen the Sherman Law Group as my attorneys. I was going through such a very difficult legal situation. It was emotionally charged and draining. But Valerie Sherman and Bill Sherman were so supportive, hardworking and helpful. I loved that the firm was always updating me and letting me know what was going on in my case. You always returned my calls and emails. Thank you all for making it work out great for me.”

What our clients say...

“I wanted to thank you for giving me back my life after many awful months. My family and I want to thank you very much for representing my case. We are so grateful to have such wonderful attorneys like you. I know I can rely on you. We will always recommend you to those who are in need of the services of a law firm. We were so happy and excited this morning as we heard the announcement by the Judge. You are such wonderful people at The Sherman Law Group.”