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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A DIVORCE AND A LEGAL SEPARATION?
A divorce means the marriage is legally over, and ex-spouses are free to marry others. The court can determine child custody, visitation, child support, spousal maintenance, and divide property.
A legal separation means the marriage is not legally over. Spouses are still married and cannot remarry. However, the court can determine child custody, visitation, child support and spousal maintenance. The court cannot divide property unless you and your spouse agree ask the court to divide property.
If you don’t think you can live with your spouse, you can file for legal separation. You can still get a divorce later.