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Legal Separation

You may get a legal separation if there is a breakdown in the marriage and you want to separate but stay legally married to protect significant religious, financial, social or legal interests. The judge hearing a legal separation case can decide child custody, child support, spousal support and the division of property and debts. You may want to read the laws on legal separation for more information. There are no court forms for legal separation.

There are many things to consider when deciding whether to file for a legal separation that may have serious consequences for you and your family. You should consult with an attorney to decide whether to file for legal separation.

Rev. 17 February 2006
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