A legal separation is similar to a divorce, except that the parties remain married. Property and debts are distributed and support issues are addressed. If there are minor children, custody and parenting time are required to be addressed. The parties are unable to remarry unless they later get a divorce, which can result in additional legal fees.
Legal separations are very rare. The two main reasons some people explore the possibility of a legal separation are religious concerns and the fact that some group insurance plans allow legally separated spouses to remain covered as a family member.
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