Is a Sexless Marriage Grounds for a Divorce in Georgia?

By Wayne Thomas

For most couples, the marriage relationship includes some physical intimacy. However, in Georgia, sexual intercourse is not required for a marriage to be considered valid. Further, the state does not allow you to divorce your spouse on the basis of a sexless marriage. Understanding what alternative divorce grounds you may pursue in Georgia will help you choose the best course of action for your marriage.

For most couples, the marriage relationship includes some physical intimacy. However, in Georgia, sexual intercourse is not required for a marriage to be considered valid. Further, the state does not allow you to divorce your spouse on the basis of a sexless marriage. Understanding what alternative divorce grounds you may pursue in Georgia will help you choose the best course of action for your marriage.

Recognized Divorce Grounds

Although having a sexless marriage is not a recognized ground for divorce in Georgia, you may still obtain a divorce based on the marriage being irretrievably broken. This is considered a no-fault ground, which means that you do not need to prove that your spouse caused the divorce. Georgia also recognizes traditional fault grounds for divorce, including impotency at the time of marriage. While not the same as a sexless marriage, it does allow you to get a divorce if you were induced to marry based on the assumption that you would have children.

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