Candidly, the single best way to obtain a court order to facilitate contact with your son would be to file for divorce. Unless/until that happens, there is no legal impediment to your wife doing exactly as she is doing, that being to deny contact.
You might consider doing this very soon. As of right now, the divorce action would be proper in your home state, California. However, if your wife can establish legal residence in Georgia, then she would be able to file there, making the process more difficult for you.
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My apologies, I took LA as Los Angeles. Regardless, that does not change the analysis of the law, just the location of any litigation.
The additional information of her having left a year and a half ago factors in as well. As you had not seen the child in "4.5 months", I took that to mean that she had left 4.5 months ago. As she has been gone so long, she has now established legal residence in Georgia. Meaning, the litigation is proper in that state.
Yes, Georgia recognizes legal separation. As you and your wife are clearly residing in separate residences, you might consider just proceeding under a theory of separation. Then, if appropriate, you can proceed with a divorce in the future.
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