What is a ‘legal separation?’

What is a ‘legal separation?’

The term “legal separation” is more colloquial than legal in nature. It can involve a court order declaring that a couple is no longer living together, and that all the issues concerning the marriage have been resolved (child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support, distribution of property, attorney fees, and personal conduct) with the exception of marital status. Spouses who are separated are not free to marry since neither has been returned to the legal status of an unmarried (single) person.

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