“Legal Separation” is similar to divorce in that the current spouses’ lives become legally separated. Legal separation does not, however, end a marriage or domestic partnership. Many of the same processes as for divorce must be undergone for a legal separation to be obtained. Assets may still need to be divided, parenting plans may need to be documented, and the Court can divide up the assets and change the parenting arrangements of both parties even if they have not yet completed a divorce.
If you are separated or contemplating a divorce; or your significant other has filed for divorce, you must seek your competent legal counsel to advise you. A person who does not have their divorce attorney when their ex-spouse does have their lawyer is in a bad negotiating position. Make sure that if you or your spouse is contemplating a divorce, you speak with a qualified divorce attorney as early as possible to protect your legal rights and property.