Legal separation is the process of ending a marriage in court. It’s not really an alternative to divorce, but rather one of several ways that couples can transition away from their marriages. The basic idea behind legal separation is that it allows you and your spouse to live apart for a period of time without ending the marriage legally. This might be because you’re working on your relationship or merely want more time apart before making any decisions about divorce.
How long does legal separation last?
The length of time legal separation lasts depends entirely on what each couple wants out of the experience, but most attorneys will ask couples to take things slow while they are separated so as not to rush into anything too quickly. Some people are able to remain friends with their spouses during this period, while others choose simply to ignore them completely until after the divorce has been finalized (which could still take anywhere between six months and two years).