A divorce is when the spouses are no longer married, however a legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights of a couple when they’re still married. Legal separation differs from divorce because legal separation must be demanded and/or approved by the court of law. In a divorce, the marriage is ended, whereas in a legal separation, the parties are still married.
Although legal separations are not very common, they can be helpful in a situation where the spouses want to assemble any personal or financial issues. During a legal separation, the court decides the following, including separation maintenance which includes spousal and child support, child custody, child visitation, and property division.
A property division is determined by the couple’s situation and how it relates to their property. Common types of property division include trial separation, living apart, permanent separation, and free case review from a law attorney.
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