Definition Of Legal Separation  

Couples who are facing a troubled marriage, but do not have the desire to end their relationship legally can apply for legal separation. This court order legally binds the couple in the marriage but allows them to lead separate lives. Certain important issues are addressed in the agreement like temporary financial arrangements, child custody and support, property possession, settlement of bills, credits and mortgages, rental arrangements, financial support for living, etc.

Couples generally opt for legal separation if they find it difficult to lead a relationship together but are bound religiously or morally towards the society or to each other. A legal separation need not really end in a divorce. Sometimes, the partners may reconcile mutually and start leading a normal life together. However, in case they want to get divorced legally, they have to file for it separately and go through the entire process.

A legal separation agreement is signed by both the partners. Sometimes, it is advisable to take the opinion of an attorney before finalizing the document. Without a court order, a separation document is not valid and cannot rescue the stakeholders if one of the partners decides not to abide by the agreed terms.

In case of a legal separation, the spouse who is moving out of the current residence should make sure that his or her name is removed from rental leases, credit or bank accounts, mortgage documents and other important agreements especially where there is a financial liability. Also, care should be taken that any communication should reach only the new mailing address.

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