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Are there benefits to being the person to file for divorce?

On Behalf of | Nov 30, 2023 | Divorce

In 2022, Georgia had a state divorce rate of 2.2 per 1,000, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deciding to file for divorce is a significant and often emotionally charged decision.

However, there are potential benefits for the spouse who takes the initiative to file.

Control over the process

Filing the divorce petition gives you some control over the proceedings. State law says you can file in the county where you have lived for at least six months or where your spouse lives, so you have that initial choice of where you will initiate the divorce.

You also get to set the pace and tone for the process. You get the chance to address the issues in a way that aligns with your needs and goals. In addition, you have the opportunity to present your perspective on the reasons behind the divorce.

Ability to prepare

When you file, you know it is happening and have the chance to emotionally prepare for the changes ahead. You also have a head start in getting information together and ironing out details so that you can approach the process in a calm and organized manner.

You may have the opportunity to strategize and plan for the division of assets and debts, putting you in a more favorable position.

By taking the lead, you position yourself to navigate the complexities of divorce in a way that aligns with your needs and priorities. It can be much better than receiving an unexpected petition in the mail when your spouse is the one who files.