A legal separation is an alternative to a divorce. The main difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that at the end of a legal separation case the parties are still legally married to each other. A legal separation case is otherwise identical to a divorce case. Parties may seek divide property, obtain child custody and support orders, and spousal support. Click here for more information regarding issues dissolution proceedings that are relevant in a legal separation proceeding.
The commonly used terms “legal separation” and “date of separation” are frequently confused with each other. However, they have very different legal meanings in the Family Courts.
Legal separations are traditionally sought by parties as a way to continue a health insurance policy for a dependent spouse or for parties who’s religious beliefs do not allow for a divorce but the parties desire to split financially from each other.
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