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legal separation

n. a court-decreed right to live apart, with the rights and obligations of divorced persons, but without divorce. The parties are still married and cannot remarry. A spouse may petition for a legal separation usually on the same basis as for a divorce, and include requests for child custody, alimony, child support and division of property. For people who want to avoid the supposed stigma of divorce, who hold strong religious objections to divorce, or hope to save a marriage, legal separation is an apparent solution. With more states allowing no-fault divorce, the use of separation agreements, and informal separation, legal separation is rarely used.

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The term Head of the Family means an unmarried or legally separated man or woman with one or both parents, or with one or more brothers or sisters, or with one or more legitimate recognized natural or legally adopted children living with and dependent upon him for their chief support , where such brothers or sisters or children are not more than 23 years of age, unmarried and not gainfully employed or where such children, brothers or sisters regardless of age are incapable of self-support because of mental or physical defect.
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