If you cannot or do not want to get a divorce, you can ask the judge for a legal separation.A legal separation does not end a marriage or domestic partnership. You cannot marry or enter into a partnership with someone else if you are legally separated (and not divorced). If you ask for a legal separation, you may be able to change to a divorce case later if you meet certain requirements.
A couple may decide they want to file for legal separation instead of divorce because:
Just as with a divorce, when you get a legal separation, you can ask the judge to make orders about:
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