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1. An arrangement terminating the rights and responsibilities of marriage and providing for the disposition of marital property, alimony, and child custody. Unlike a divorce, a legal separation can be revoked, but also may be converted into a divorce in the absence of reconciliation.
2. A court order establishing this arrangement. In both senses also called judicial separation.
(Law) another term (esp US) for judicial separation
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|Noun||1.||legal separation - a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart|
decree, fiat, edict, rescript, order - a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge); "a friend in New Mexico said that the order caused no trouble out there"
|2.||legal separation - (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)|