Legal Separation

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Consulting with Divorce Mediation Services will help you understand the details of legal separation with you and your spouse.  In contrast to simply living apart, legal separation formally sets out the rights and responsibilities for each spouse in matters such as child custody and support, spousal support and property division. The main difference between legal separation and divorce is that a a legal separation does not actually dissolve the marriage relationship and the parties remain legally married.

Precursor to Divorce

One benefit to legal separation is that it gives the parties an opportunity to see how their current problems and overall relationship is affected by living apart. In addition, much of the legal work involved in coming to an agreement in separation can be used to reach a later divorce settlement.

Legal separation is a contractually defined and court-honored agreement between a couple that has chosen to live apart but opted to remain legally married. Legal separation allows for reconciling the marriage, provides parameters for co-parenting, child support, and spousal support, while maintaining the status of being married.