What issues does the judge decide in a divorce?

Divorcing spouses may agree on matters relating to equitable division of property, custody and parenting, alimony (spousal support), and child support, all of which are within the court’s jurisdiction in a divorce action. If the parties reach agreement themselves or with assistance from legal counsel or mediation, they prepare and sign a written agreement and file it with the court. The judge reviews the agreement to ensure that all the terms and provisions are consistent with the requirements of Georgia law.

If the spouses disagree on any of the issues within the court’s authority, the judge decides those issues for the parties.