6. What is the difference between filing for a legal separation versus a divorce?

The process is generally the same. You may want to consider filing for a legal separation if you do not wish to terminate the marriage for religious reasons or if medical insurance coverage is a consideration. In a legal separation case the court will still have jurisdiction to make orders for custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, and to divide property and debts, but the court will not terminate the marriage. Both parties must agree to proceed as a legal separation. If you choose to proceed with a dissolution, the marital status will be terminated at some point during the proceedings or at the time of judgment.

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