Have started a divorce. My husband has used me for family money for years....verbally abusive etc. Only worked 15 years of a 30 year marriage. He is playing games with property evaluations, contents of house, inherited items, anything to drag it out and cause stress. We have lived apart within the same home for 14 years and separately on different properties for 4 months now.
My question is..... what happens legally if I stop the divorce and just make it a legal separation. If he won't bring it to fruition with a divorce and has it all tied up, if I say I want to back off the divorce and legally separate how does that effect me legally. I cant get rid of him. Cant get it wound up. Is legal separation (possibly with a restraining order) a tactic to remove him and liability for his chaotic ways.
He will eventually want to finish it once I am not reacting or involved, paying for problems etc. Or possibly he will get a girlfriend and want to then move on and settle up and divorce.
How does this effect me with any home I might want to buy and move into, any car I might need to replace, If I die and want to will what I have to my children etc etc
There is no legal separation in Georgia. Your idea will not work. You need to retain an attorney, and either mediate and settle your case, or take your case to trial and resolve it.
As my colleague stated, there is no legal separation in Georgia. I suggest hiring an attorney to get you into court to help you finalize everything.
You can modify your complaint to make it a petition for separate maintenance. However, I don't believe that will solve your problem. First of all, if your husband filed an answer and counterclaim for divorce (or does so while the case is still pending) it goes forward as a divorce anyway. Secondly, a petition for separate maintenance follows the same steps as a divorce. You have to work out the property division, alimony, payment of debts, child support and custody, etc. If he has things "all tied up" in the divorce, they will be all tied up in the separate maintenance action. Your solution, as my colleague suggested, is to retain an attorney who help you finalize your case.
There is no legal separation in the state of Georgia, so you won’t be able to take that route. You should work with an attorney who can help you plan the proper course of action to address your situation.
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