Gwinnett Family Law Clinic
Instructions for Complaint for Divorce Without Minor Children — Rev. June 2010
Provided by the Gwinnett Family Law Clinic
INSTRUCTIONS FOR FILING
A COMPLAINT FOR DIVORCE
WITHOUT MINOR CHILDREN
This is the form packet for people who want to file their own divorce in Gwinnett County, and who do not have any
minor children together with their spouse. If you and your spouse have minor children together, you must not use
this form packet. Instead, you must use the version called Complaint for Divorce With Minor Children.
Please read these instructions and each form very carefully. Missing or misreading a word could cause you
to make serious errors in your case, placing your rights and the direction of your divorce case in jeopardy.
In the State of Georgia, if you want to end your marriage, you must file a complaint for divorce in the Superior
Court. There are two options available to you for filing a divorce case: (1) you can hire an attorney who will
prepare your paperwork and represent you in court, or (2) you can use the forms included in this packet and
represent yourself in court. After a court grants your divorce and issues a Final Judgment and Decree of Divorce,
you will be legally able to remarry.
It is advisable to speak with an attorney before filing any action with the court. This divorce is no exception to that
rule. There are often more issues involved in a divorce than you might realize if you fail to get legal advice.
However, you may want to review the forms and instructions in this packet before you talk to an attorney, so that
you will be able to make the best use of your time with the attorney.
Divorce can be a very complicated process. If documents are not completed, signed, notarized and filed as
required by law, the divorce pleadings are not in compliance with t