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Legal Separation

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A legal separation is a finding by a court that the conditions or circumstances of a marriage make it intolerable for the parties to live together but that the marriage itself should be maintained. In general, couples who legally separate can either agree to separate voluntarily and draw up a formal agreement or one or both spouses can petition the court for a legal separation. Generally, legal separations may be granted up to one to two years, depending on the state. At any time during the legal separation, either party can ask for a divorce.

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