232 S.E.2d 919
31745.Supreme Court of Georgia.SUBMITTED DECEMBER 3, 1976.
DECIDED JANUARY 28, 1977. REHEARING DENIED FEBRUARY 14, 1977.
NICHOLS, Chief Justice.
The appellant-husband files his appeal from the denial of his motion for summary judgment for divorce,
alleging that the sworn pleadings and testimony on record conclusively show his marriage to be irretrievably broken. The wife filed the original divorce action on the ground of cruel treatment, seeking custody of the children, alimony, child support and division of property. Although the husband answered denying the allegations of the complaint, he later filed a cross complaint alleging cruel treatment and irretrievable brokenness. Simultaneously, he filed a “Motion for Summary Judgment on the Pleadings” on the issue of divorce. A hearing was held on this motion at which both parties testified that it was no longer possible for them to live together as husband and wife. The trial court denied the motion after stating orally that it should have the discretion to require all of the issues in the case to be tried at the same time. The ruling was certified for immediate review, and this court granted appellant’s petition for interlocutory appeal.
Recent holdings of this court have established that either party to a divorce action can prove conclusively that the marriage is irretrievably broken by his or her sworn allegation to that effect. See Harwell v. Harwell, 233 Ga. 89, 91
(209 S.E.2d 625) (1974); McCoy v. McCoy, 236 Ga. 633 (225 S.E.2d 682) (1976); Manning v. Manning, 237 Ga. 746 (229 S.E.2d 611) (1976). Where both parties allege a breakdown of the marriage the result is, of course, the same. See Friedman v. Friedman, 233 Ga. 254
(210 S.E.2d 754) (1974); Marshall v. Marshall, 234 Ga. 393
(216 S.E.2d 117) (1975); Whitmire v. Whitmire, 236 Ga. 153
(223 S.E.2d 135) (1976); Loftis v. Loftis, 236 Ga. 637 (225 S.E.2d 685) (1976); Anderson v. Anderson, 237 Ga. 886 (230 S.E.2d 272) (1976). Accordingly, the trial court erred in denying appellant’s motion for summary judgment. The other issues between the parties remain in the case for decision by the ultimate trier of fact. See Loftis v. Loftis, supra; Anderson v. Anderson, supra.
Judgment reversed. All the Justices concur, except Jordan and Ingram, JJ., who dissent.
SUBMITTED DECEMBER 3, 1976 — DECIDED JANUARY 28, 1977 — REHEARING DENIED FEBRUARY 14, 1977.
Divorce, etc.; summary judgment. Forsyth Superior
Court. Before Judge Burtz.
Craig Elrod, Jack T. Elrod, for appellant.
Phil R. Cawthon, C. B. Holcomb, District Attorney, for appellee.