What does it mean to get legally separated?

Legal separation is the process through which a judge orders that two spouses in a marriage or two partners in a civil union are required to live separately from one another. However, this DOES NOT mean the two spouses or partners have divorced or have had their civil union dissolved.

 

Either party can file to get a divorce or dissolve a civil union while you are in the process of getting legal separated.

 

Additionally, when two people are legally separated, one or both parties may request the following: