Where do I file for divorce in Metro Atlanta?
Filing for divorce in Georgia does not mean picking a county or courthouse at random. The court where you or your spouse file must have jurisdiction, meaning the power to issue a ruling granting you divorce. Otherwise, the court will dismiss the filing, and you will have to start over.
State law says you may file a petition for divorce with the court clerk of the superior court in any county in Georgia where you, your spouse or both of you have lived at least six months. If you and your spouse have been separated and living in different counties for six months or longer, this would give you a couple of options. Otherwise, you must file in the county in which you live.
The DeKalb County Superior Court is located at:
556 N McDonough Street
Decatur, GA 30030
And the address for the Fulton County Superior Court office of the court administrator is:
136 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303
Both courts allow you the choice of filing the divorce petition in person or online. You can visit the website, download the forms, read them, fill them out and upload them. Either way, your attorney can help you prepare the forms to ensure you do so completely and correctly, without mistakes or omissions that can cause delays or harm your financial and parental goals.
In addition, your divorce lawyer can explain the process, answer your questions, and help you decide what you need out of your divorce regarding the financial settlement, spousal support, child custody and more.