A legal separation occurs when a married couple lives separate lives, yet remains legally married, explains Cathy Meyer for For the duration of a legal separation, a court order remains in place that outlines ... More » Government & Politics Law

A legal separation in Georgia, as in many other states, is a legal condition in which spouses live apart but in which there is no formal or judicial end to their marriage. In Georgia, the technical language does not incl... More » Government & Politics Law

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