The exact procedure for a divorce filing varies from one state to the next. So if you and your spouse have decided that it is time to bring your relationship to an end, it is important to be aware of the rules in your home state. This is particularly the case if you have recently moved, as many states require you to have been a resident there for a set period of time before you can commence a divorce proceeding there.

Some states even require you to have permanent residence there. In Georgia, you should go to the county in which your spouse is resident to file your divorce complaint. However, you can file it in your own county if your spouse does not reside in the state. This document should outline the situation between you and your spouse, including living arrangements, debts, assets, plans for your children and the reasons you have chosen to file for divorce.

You will then need to reach an agreement with your spouse on a number of matters. These include the division of your marital property, including any debts, the custody of your children and whether either of you is to pay child support or alimony. If you cannot reach an agreement, then the decision may need to be made by the court.

An attorney could be quite helpful in this situation. He or she may be able to assist you in navigating any disputes and ensuring that you do not accept an unfair settlement. With the correct guidance, you can work toward an outcome that is fair and agreeable to both you and your spouse.