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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 following grounds may be subjected to summary judicial proceeding: de facto separation for at least five years, bigamous marriage, legal separation for at least two years, imprisonment for six years, gender reassignment surgery, and joint petition of the spouses for the dissolution of their marriage.
The bill proposes five grounds for divorce: 1) The petitioner has been separated de facto from his or her spouse for at least five years at the time of the filing of the petition and reconciliation is highly improbable; 2) The petitioner has been legally separated from his or her spouse for at least two years at the time of the filing of the petition and reconciliation is highly improbable; 3) When any of the grounds for legal separation under paragraph (a) of this article has caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage; 4) When one or both spouses are psychologically incapacitated to comply with the essential marital obligations; and 5) When the spouses suffer from irreconcilable differences that have caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage.
Under French law they have agreed a legal separation, rather than a divorce.
The couple, who had been married for three years, were going through a legal separation and they had appeared before the High Court just three days before she took the children.
LOS ANGELES -- Court records show the husband of comedian and ''The View'' co-host Sherri Shepherd has filed for legal separation after nearly three years of marriage.
The company said the legal separation of the retail and wholesale businesses would take place by March 2015.
Washington, Dec 27 ( ANI ): Spongebob Squarepants actor Bill Fagerbakke has been granted legal separation from his estranged wife.
If a retirement plan includes a provision that automatically revokes a participant's spousal beneficiary designation upon legal separation, that could lead to plan errors.
Dina Eastwood filed for legal separation from Clint Eastwood after 17 years of marriage.
While Zeta Jones and Douglas have not signalled any intention to file for divorce or legal separation, it has not stopped websites and tabloids speculating on a possible multi-million dollar divorce.
The project is running full steam ahead," said Clariant CFO Patrick Jany, referring to the steps to be completed to establish the new company: operational and legal separation, incorporation of legal entities, licensing and registration activities, establishment of IT systems, development of infrastructure and support services, and transition planning for Archroma employees.
The operational and legal separation, including the incorporation of legal entities, licensing and registration activities, the establishment of IT systems, and development of infrastructure and support services as well as ensuring a seamless transition for the Archroma employees is proceeding well.

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