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Divorce can be one of the most challenging experiences in any person’s life, particularly if there are young children involved. Dissolving a marriage not only causes emotional strain but sometimes leads to financial turmoil as well. Even when the process is mostly amicable, it is time-consuming and complicated to work out all the details that must be decided prior to finalization. If you are contemplating ending a marriage in Atlanta or the surrounding area, you should seek the advice of skilled divorce attorney Thomas C. Rowsey. During a career of over 20 years, he has assisted numerous individuals with family law matters in Marietta, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, and other communities in Fulton, DeKalb, and Cobb Counties.


Any spouse who has been a legal resident of Georgia for at least six months can file for a divorce there. Alternatively, a spouse from outside the state can petition to dissolve a marriage if the other spouse has been a legal resident of the state for at least six months. There are a few exceptions to these rules, such as when one spouse is a member of the armed forces.

Georgia allows for divorce on both no-fault and fault grounds. For a no-fault divorce, either spouse can file to end the marriage by stating that the relationship is “irretrievably broken.” A fault-based divorce can be sought on many specific grounds, including adultery, alcoholism or drug addiction, incurable mental illness, certain felony convictions, and willful desertion.

Choosing between these two types of divorce is more than just a legal formality. If a fault-based divorce is based on certain allegations, such as desertion or adultery, an at-fault spouse is not entitled to support payments. Depending on the situation, there also may be an impact on child custody, visitation rights, or the division of marital assets.

Divorce requires settling all of the financial arrangements of the couple and making financial and domestic arrangements for any children involved. Every divorcing couple must resolve all matters related to dividing their property, deciding child custody and any visitation arrangements, setting amounts of spousal support and child support, and any other issues that are relevant to their specific circumstances.

In some cases, a divorcing couple may be able to resolve how they want to settle their affairs on their own. However, there are times when some or all of these matters may be difficult to resolve, or are vigorously contested. In those cases, an experienced family law attorney can help one or both spouses to arrive at an agreement by assisting in the processes of negotiation, mediation, or litigation if needed.


Divorces and all the legal arrangements that accompany them may hold pitfalls for couples who try to formalize the end of their marriage without the assistance of a knowledgeable attorney. Divorcing spouses are often so embroiled in their own emotional turmoil and their needs and concerns that they may not fully account for all their present and future interests. The capable and compassionate staff at Rowsey & Stelter can assist you in identifying and resolving these obstacles. We will carefully learn about the details of your situation so that we can help protect your rights. For a free consultation to find out how our Roswell firm may be able to help you, contact our office by phone at 770-993-5317 or use the online form on our website.

Our Client Reviews

Rowsey & Stelter, Attorneys at Law

4.4 / 5.0

Based on 7 reviews

Chris Smith

Tom did an excellent job setting up my LLC for my new business recently. I was in a situation where I needed the LLC formed quickly and Tom and his team were able to work on a very short deadline. Highly recommended!

GAAW Wright

Tom has been our attorney for many years. He has been with us through thick and thin. He has successfully handled all our queries and cases with patience and understanding. We highly recommend Tom!

Corey Rennolds

At all times for the duration of my case, Tom demonstrated professionalism, confidence, and honesty. At no point was I pressured to make any one decision over another, but Tom did his best to inform me about the consequences and benefits of all of my options. If he did not know some specific detail regarding my case, he made the effort to find out. Tom instantly exudes trustworthiness and was always in steady contact. I would recommend his services to anyone.

Justina Allen

I met Tom over 10 years ago after settling in Roswell with my family. I have learned over the years that Tom is a man of high integrity, genuine and extremely knowledgeable in his field. Along with being honest, he is a straight shooter and will let you know where you stand. He will provide you with personal attention you don’t get at bigger firms and will go the extra mile. As legal matters can be frightening to deal with, Tom will guide you through the process and get you the results you need.

Rowsey & Stelter, Attorneys at Law

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