There is nothing specifically delineated by Georgia law, as a “legal separation”. Rather, if you are no longer engaging in marital relations and request a separation, then one of the parties may apply to the court for an order granting special maintenance. This means that all issues can be resolved between the parties, but the court will not actually grant the divorce. This may be used when the parties are opposed to divorce for moral or religious reasons or when there is a legal benefit such as maintaining health insurance or social security, etc. It is important to consult with an attorney, however, who is knowledgeable about protecting your interests before entering into any written agreements. Ms. McCarthy is dedicated to providing you sound legal advice and recommendations to accommodate a wide variety of special circumstances. Call now for a free consultation.