A legal separation is a Court ordered proceeding for married couple who want to live apart with the rights and obligations of divorced persons, except they are not officially divorced. Legal separated parties remain married and cannot remarry until a Court grants them a divorce. A spouse may petition for a legal separation usually on the same basis as a divorce and include requests for child custody, alimony, child support and division of property.
A legal separation is ideal for those who want to avoid the stigma of divorce, or who hope to save the marriage before considering divorce.
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Do I Need the Advice of an Attorney?
Because each state’s law varies as to the ways to dissolve a marriage, seeking the advice of a divorce attorney is a wise choice. An experienced family law attorney is familiar with the laws of your state and can advise you of the possible ways to handle a possible dissolution of a marriage.