Instead of separating, a separation agreement could avoid costly litigation by creating a space for the couple to proactively move into the essential details of how federal and state taxes should be handled or who should pick up their child from school. If marriage was a conscious and thoughtful decision, separation should also be approached carefully. Georgian law does not recognize the concept of legal separation. However, this prevents couples who are simply not willing or unwilling to participate in the divorce process from separating informally. During this period of separation, the couple can determine the best way for their family to proceed. Often, after a separation, couples find that seeking a divorce or introducing an action for separate maintenance (see below) is the most appropriate procedure. In other cases, couples choose to remain separated informally, especially when children or important property are not involved and neither spouse seeks help from the other spouse. While couples are advised to seek a definitive solution to issues such as child maintenance, custody, and alimony when applying for a divorce decision, there are several reasons why a couple may remain separated instead of filing for divorce. For example, couples may separate but remain married for the following reasons: while a divorce always involves legal separation, separation without dissolution of the body does not always end in divorce. In some cases, a separation phase can actually help a couple reconcile and continue their marriage. Divorce processes have the potential to be long, long, difficult fights, which often leave both parties emotionally hurt and beaten.
Before this case, in recent times, more and more couples have opted for alternative processes such as mediation or arbitration. Less often, however, some couples try to avoid litigation by avoiding the divorce process altogether, either by opting for separation or a separate alimony action. Voluntary separation, abandonment or expulsion of the spouse – equity may force assistance: without the conclusion of a voluntary contract or other agreement, as provided for in Code Section 19-6-8, and at the request of a party, the court may, in the exercise of its jurisdiction over equity, compel the spouse of the party to provide for the party and the minor children who are under guardianship, make arrangements. Section 19-6-9. Resources such as the Gottman Institute, Mort Fertels Marriage Fitness System, and Suzanne Alexander`s Transformation Marriage have contributed to the knowledge of marital upbringing and helped couples reconcile and/or learn to create a stronger marriage, even during a period of separation. . . .