GWINNETT COUNTY DIVORCE – WHERE DO I FILE A GWINNETT COUNTY DIVORCE CASE
This is Part 2 of the Filing for Divorce in Gwinnett County series. I provided a general overview on How to File for Divorce in Gwinnett County Superior Court in Part 1 of the series. In the twenty years I have been handling Gwinnett divorce and child custody cases in my Lawrenceville office I have been asked numerous questions about filing for divorce. This series is focused on addressing common questions that many have asked when considering filing for divorce in Gwinnett County. If you have any questions after reading this post please contact me at my Lawrenceville office for a free phone consultation.
GWINNETT DIVORCE CASES MUST BE FILED IN GWINNETT SUPERIOR COURT
In most cases, in order for you to file a divorce case in Gwinnett County your spouse must be a resident of Gwinnett County. This is because the general rule in Georgia is that you must file a divorce case in the county where the other spouse lives. There are some exceptions to this rule such as if you live in Gwinnett County and your spouse does not, but he or she agrees to sign a Waiver of Venue form allowing the case to be filed in Gwinnett County (this is sometimes done when the divorce case is uncontested).
If you and your spouse both live in Gwinnett County then you will definitely file in Gwinnett. When a divorce is filed in Gwinnett it is filed in Gwinnett County Superior Court which is located at 75 Langley Drive, Lawrenceville, Georgia. The Summons and Petition for Divorce, also known as the divorce pleadings, are filed with the Gwinnett County Superior Court clerk. The clerk's office is located on the first floor of the Gwinnett County courthouse which is known as the Gwinnett Justice and Administration Center (GJAC).
The clerk's eFiling fees total $237.00. If you must have your spouse served by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Department then there is a service fee of $50.00.
The Clerk's office website is a great source of information for all cases filed in Gwinnett County Superior Court.
Call me at 770-682-3765 for a free initial telephone consultation if you or someone you know has a question regarding filing for divorce in Gwinnett County or just has a question about divorce, child custody or family law in general.
Lawrenceville Attorney Douglas W. Lewis has over twenty years of experience in Gwinnett County and the Atlanta Metro area handling divorce and child custody cases, family law cases, personal injury cases, criminal defense, civil litigation cases and estate planning matters. If you have any questions please call the Lawrenceville office for a free initial phone consultation or to schedule an office consultation. You can contact attorney Doug Lewis by telephone at 770-682-3765, via email. Client reviews can be found on Mr. Lewis' Google + page and on his website.