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WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN LEGAL SEPARATION AND DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE?

The information contained below is based upon our interpretation of the statutes, our experience in family law and what we think most judges will order with this experience in mind.

What is the difference between getting a divorce and legal separation? Simply, at the conclusion of a dissolution, the marriage has ended. With a legal separation, the parties are still married. In both cases, the court has overseen and entered its order with regard to assets, liabilities, and similar areas needed to be resolved. In some issues, a divorce could terminate some rights (i.e. medical coverage) that a legal separation would not alter, because the parties are still married. If you have any questions, please call our office as we would be happy to advise you further.

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