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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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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.
And that is not taking into account the amount of people who just get legal separations and don't bother to go all the way to the divorce courts or those who manage to have their marriage nullified or even those who break up and come to their own arrangements without the courts' involvement.
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.
The law firm of Nachshin & Weston specializes in divorce matters (both contested and uncontested), child custody, spousal and child support, legal separations, post-judgment matters, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, as well as paternity and palimony disputes.
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.
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.
In 2000 there were 3,339 applications for divorce while 1,392 people applied for legal separations in the same year.

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