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Legal Separation

What Does it Mean?

Legal separation is the process through which a couple becomes separated without ending their marriage or civil union.

How Does it Work?

While a couple is legally separated, each person has the right to ask for:

Either spouse or partner can start a divorce or dissolve a civil union case while legally separated.

Things You Should Know

  • In order to get a divorce or dissolve a civil union, you and your spouse or partner must have lived separately for at least six (6) months
  • Temporary fees, evictions, or restraining orders can potentially be changed (modified) after they're ordered
  • Once ordered, a property settlement CANNOT be modified
  • If you have retirement savings, you will need to get a Qualified Domestic Relations Order (QDRO) before you can separate

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