If you have pets and are thinking about divorcing your partner, you should think about how your situation affects them. Georgia is one of several states that view pets as property in divorce. Although you consider your pets as family members, you should not rely on the courts to be as considerate when determining custody and visitation. It is up to you and your spouse to plan your divorce with them in mind.
If you plan to file for divorce in Atlanta, Georgia, there is a high chance your judge will refer your case for mediation at some point. You may also participate in no-cost mediation at the time of scheduled status conferences. Parties may also request mediation on their own without waiting for a referral.