legal separation

(redirected from Legally separated)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial.

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.

References in periodicals archive ?
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.
If latest reports are to be believed, Dileep and Manju are set to get legally separated. The duo has filed a joint divorce petition in the Thrissur family court, according to (http://english.manoramaonline.com/cgi-bin/MMOnline.dll/portal/ep/contentView.do?contentId=16199995&tabId=1&programId=11565555&channelId=-1073865026) manoramaonline .
Although a legally separated participant can waive the spousal death benefit without spousal consent, a plan's automatic revocation language, by itself, does not satisfy the waiver rules.
Wal-Mart defines domestic partners as spouses of the same-sex or opposite gender, and unmarried partners who are not legally separated who have lived together for at least 12 months, are not married to anyone else, are in an exclusive relationship and plan to continue sharing a household indefinitely, says Randy Hargrove, a Wal-Mart spokesman.
However, they remained married and were not legally separated during the tax year at issue.
The couple has two children and spokesman for the Silicon Valley's high profile couple confirmed that the two have been living apart for several months but haven't been legally separated yet, though they remain good friends and partners.
Jim and Jane Henson were legally separated in 1986, but she continued to be active in preserving the legacy of her husband, who died in 1990.
A breakdown of the figures found 10.8 married people in every 1,000 legally separated last year, compared with 12.9 people in every 1,000 in 2001.
However, as the younger child enters her teens and learns why she was born, she rejects the arrangement and hires a lawyer to get her legally separated from her parents.
Under the plan, the freight division will be legally separated and transformed into a commercial company under ordinary commercial law.
The couple divorced in the most amicable way under the city's laws - after being legally separated for a year and 60 days.
A common source of confusion among taxpayers and tax professionals alike is the use of the term "legally separated" when answering the above question.