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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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Under HB 4408, divorce will be granted to the following: to the petitioner who has been separated de facto from his or her spouse for at least five years and reconciliation is highly improbable; to the petitioner who has been legally separated from his or her spouse for at least two years and reconciliation is improbable; and when any of the grounds for legal separation under paragraph (a) of Article 55 of the Family Code has caused the irreparable breakdown of the marriage.
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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.