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legal separation

n.
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.

legal separation

n
(Law) another term (esp US) for judicial separation
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Noun1.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"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
2.legal separation - (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
cessation, surcease - a stopping; "a cessation of the thunder"
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
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The basic law covering persons and family relations governs marriages, legal separations, property relations between spouses, and parental authority, among others.
However, legal separations, in which spouses live apart but cannot remarry, are permissible under the code, as are annulments.
Legal separations are provided for under section 402 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act (IMDMA).
13) Section 502 of the IMDMA is not applicable to legal separations, and thus attempts to limit future modifications of maintenance and the like will be disregarded.
The Illinois Supreme Court has held that section 502(f) of the IMDMA (29) applies only to dissolutions, not to legal separations.
Overall there were 4,000 legal separations last year.
Currently, Canada's Divorce Act recognizes legal separations only between "a man or woman who are married to each other," and the couple, identified only as M.
Courts have not recognized voluntary separation agreements as creating legal separations.
The key consideration is that to qualify for filing as an unmarried individual while still married, there must be a decree, order, or judgment of legal separation.
I]s not whether a state order of separate maintenance affects marriage status under applicable state law; rather the proper inquiry is whether an order of separate maintenance affects marriage status in such a way that it is deemed a legal separation under applicable state law.
Harrington also correctly observes that Protestants' introduction of divorce was not as dramatic a departure as is often believed; legal separations and annulments had been possibilities under Canon law long before Luther.
Due to legal separation or de facto separation from spouse for at least one year; Provided, that he or she is entrusted with the custody of the children;

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