In states that recognize legal separation, the parties to a marriage are separated but remain married. These states allow the parties to legally enter into agreements that address issues such as property division, assignment of finances and debts, alimony or spousal support, child custody, and child support.
Legal separation is a formal, legal agreement signed by both spouses, declaring their status as separated while still married. This agreement addresses all aspects of a couple's finances, including division of property and debt, spousal support and child support, and child custody and visitation arrangements. A legal separation is not a dissolution of marriage and does not end a marriage.
Only nine states:Iowa, Delaware, Mississippi, Idaho, Pennsylvania, Texas, Georgia, Louisiana, and Floridado not recognize legal separations. If you want to separate from your spouse, you will have to go through a divorce process.
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