Dedicated Georgia Attorneys
Legal Separation Excellent Representation, Superior Experience

Legal Separation in Douglas County

Advantages of Legally Separating in West Georgia

Many of the people who come to us for help at Howard and Arca Attorneys at Law are fully ready to take the plunge by moving forward with divorce. They feel that they have exhausted all alternatives and have decided that divorce is now their only option. For others, however, legal separation is a more appropriate course of action.

One of the most common reasons that a couple will choose to legally separate is that they are still determined to salvage the marriage and simply want some time living apart from one another in order to work on the relationship free from the pressure of living in close quarters.

Another common reason for pursuing a legal separation is the fact that it can bring about the conditions of divorce without actually going all the way, since many couples who no longer want to live together yet refuse to divorce based on deeply held religious convictions. For others, the motivation is to stay married in order to preserve one spouse's eligibility for health insurance coverage or other benefits.

This is another major advantage of legally separating prior to divorce: it gives you the opportunity to test out the terms of the divorce before committing to the final action, at which point you would have to petition for a formal modification in order to make any changes to the agreements.

Douglas County Legal Separation Lawyer

Whatever the reason that you are interested in legal separation, you can come to Howard Law Group for help from a Dallas, GA divorce attorney from our team. We can meet with you for a free case evaluation to discuss your unique situation and to determine whether this is the best approach for you and your spouse, and we will be prepared to take immediate action on your case.

We can assist you with preparing the separation agreement, working with you to ensure that the arrangements for child custody and visitation, property division, and spousal support will work for you, as well as bringing your case to court to obtain official orders. At the end of the process, you and your spouse will be, for all intents and purposes, divorced, except for the fact that you will still be legally married and will not be able to remarry.

Actions for Separate Maintenance in Douglas County

The action of legal separation is provided for under Georgia Code § 19-6-10 (2010), a statute which makes it possible to file for orders of separate maintenance. The orders will address all the same issues which would require attention during a divorce, including the custody and care of the children, the distribution of shared assets and debts, and the payment of alimony. In fact, if you and your spouse eventually decide to move forward with a divorce, you will most likely be able to convert the orders for separate maintenance into the terms of a divorce decree.

Learn more about legal separation and take the first step in your case. Contact us now!

Know Your Legal Team

Discover the Howard and Arca difference.
  • Aggressive courtroom representation
  • Understanding & supportive legal counsel
  • Former prosecutor fighting for your defense
  • Tailored approach to each unique case
  • Over a decade of legal experience
  • Free consultation to review your options
Meet the Attorneys

True Testimonies from Real Clients

  • Mr. Howard did an awesome job fighting for me.

    “I came in with a very difficult case and Mr. Howard always returned my calls. He was always nice and courteous to me but in the courtroom, he fought for me like a bulldog. I would recommend Mr. Howard ...”

    - J.Z.
  • Great DUI attorney

    “I got a DUI over the summer and just got it resolved. Mr Arca saved my license and my job. He knows what he’s doing and is incredibly talented! You won’t regret hiring him or this firm!”

    - John A.
  • The DUI lawyer, Bryan Howard, is the best in the state.

    “Mr. Howard took my case at a reduced retainer because he is committed to defending the rights of the oppressed citizens of Douglas County, Carroll County and Paulding County. If you are arrested in ...”

    - Previous Client
  • I wouldn't hire anyone else!

    “I had a complex criminal case and I was facing a lot of time. Mr. Howard has handled a great number of cases and it showed with the way he handled mine. He put me at ease, assured me I was going to be ...”

    - Terry
  • They really went to bat for me and helped me through my case.

    “Bryan Howard and Ed Murray really went to bat for me. I talked to a bunch of lawyers and I'm glad I settled with them. I recommend them in Douglas County for your divorce case.”

    - T.C.