Legal Separation

The requirements to file for a Legal Separation are the same as filing for a Divorce, except the parties must be physically separated for more than 6 months without fault on the part of either party. The parties would still legally be married, but would divide assets/debts as of the date the Judgment for Legal Separation is entered and would also address the issues of custody, child support, attorneys fees, etc..

Most often, parties choose to obtain a Legal Separation for Medical or Religious reasons. The parties cannot get remarried with a Judgment for Legal Separation and will eventually have to file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage if they want to be legally divorced.


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