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

The state of Florida does not recognize legal separation, according to LegalZoom. In many states, legal separation is an option available to couples who do not wish to stay together but still want to have the benefits of... 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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