A Legal Separation replicates the process of Dissolution, except that the individuals remain married at the conclusion of the legal proceeding. Each member of a couple has to agree to a Legal Separation. One member of the couple may switch the process over to a Dissolution regardless of the wishes of the other. Couples may agree to obtain Legal Separations instead of Dissolutions. Some individuals may wish to initiate legal proceedings with a Petition for Legal Separation. The reasons for these different approaches are varied and may be discussed in more detail with one of the attorneys at HFLP.
A Legal Separation does not have the same residency requirements as a Dissolution of Marriage. However, there are other jurisdictional requirements that can be better and more fully explained by an attorney.
This is intended to be a summary description and should not be relied upon as legal advice. More information may be obtained by consulting an attorney providing these services at HFLP.