Legal Separation

A Legal Separation is a legal action filed by a married person or domestic partner who wants to stay married or in the domestic partnership, but also wants to resolve all other issues, such as child custody, child and spousal support, and property division.

  • There are no residency requirements for obtaining a Legal Separation.
  • Sometimes a person will file a legal separation because he/she does not meet the residency requirements for filing for a divorce. Then, after the residency requirements are met, the action is amended from a legal separation to a divorce (Dissolution).
  • Sometimes people stay in a marriage or domestic partnership for religious reasons or to be able to retain medical insurance benefits for a spouse or partner.

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Legal Separation Roadmap

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Family Law Local Rules

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