Does Georgia recognize legal separation?

Asked over 4 years ago - Lithia Springs, GA

Ive been separated for 20 months now...ex has had uncontested papers for about a year now. She wont sign and I can afford contested divorce

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  1. Kenneth Dewayne Teal

    Contributor Level 9


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    Answered . Most Georgia attorneys handle pro bono (free) cases from time to time. Georgia Legal Services also does. Try to get a divorce not just a separation.

  2. Christopher T. Anderson

    Contributor Level 14

    Answered . Georgia law will honor a separation agreement if properly executed, etc. Georgia does not have a special status called legal separation.

  3. Jennifer H. Keaton

    Contributor Level 12

    Answered . Under O.C.G.A. ยง 19-6-10 a separate maintenance action can be made when there is no divorce action pending between spouses, but there is no status as "legally separated" in Georgia.

    Due to the length of time that you and your spouse have been separated, you may wish to explore mediation prior to filing your petition for divorce. Check out for more information.

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