Legal separations go through the Superior Court in Georgia the same way as a divorce. “Unlike divorce, a legal separation does not put an end to the marriage, it enables you to live separately but remain married.” divorcesupport.about.com. A legal separation, “isn't very common, but there are situations where spouses don't want to divorce for religious, financial, or personal reasons, but do want the certainty of a court order that says they're separated and addresses all the same issues that would be decided in a divorce.”www.nolo.com. “Legal separation is useful when spouses wish to separate but not end the marriage.” www.georgialegalaid.org. “A couple's decision to permanently separate may not be considered a legal one unless one party files for legal separation instead of divorce.” www.nolo.com.
A legal separation is sometimes ideal for parties, “but long-term separation can create big problems. If a couple isn’t divorced, their lives are still legally and financially intertwined.” www.nytimes.com. If two people want to end their marriage it must be legally ended by a Court Order. Much like author Jeff Landers, this attorney recommends that “if you are going to live apart from your husband beyond a reasonable trial period, you obtain a legal separation agreement.”