Where do I get divorced?

Posted by William H. Sherman on Nov 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Question:     My wife and I were married in Cherokee County about 10 years ago.  We now live in Fulton County, in Alpharetta.  We want to get divorced and want to know which county we have to get the divorce in.

Problems in the marriage started about 3 years ago when my wife started drinking heavily.  I think it's related to her depression, which was diagnosed recently.  It's pretty bad because she'll say and do things that just don't make sense.  She loves horses and she talks about them all the time.  She'll sometimes not even speak with our daughter for several days because she's too busy with her horses.  She has depression in her family.

And I really don't want her around the daughter without supervision because I'm worried what she might do.  She's usually not violent but I've seen her throw chairs and plates at our daughter.  And since my wife has anorexia, I'm scared she'll be a bad role model for her.  My daughter already isn't earing very well.

Since we were married and actually lived in Cherokee County for several years, I need to know where we can get divorced now that we live here in Fulton County.

O.M. in Alpharetta, GA

Answer:     Since you both now live in Fulton County (Alpharetta) you need to get divorced in Fulton County.  You would be divorced by the Superior Court of Fulton County.  Those judges sit in Atlanta. 

A Fulton County superior court judge will decide all is issues related to the divorce, including things like child custody, alimony, child support and how to split or divide assets.

Even if you were married outside of the state of Georgia, jurisdiction over the divorce is where the parties reside.

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