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What does it mean to be "legally separated"?

Is there actually something you have to do to become legally separated or is it just simply being separated?

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Asked by sophiafarris at 2:57 PM on Apr. 2, 2009 in Relationships

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  • You have to file for a legal separation, much like a divorce but not so final. You can, of course, separate on your own, I'm not really sure what the difference is; perhaps it has more to do with things such as custody and such? To have a legal separation instead of just a break up?

    Answer by CarolynBarnett at 2:59 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • When we lived in NC, it was legal papers plus living in separate houses and no sexual contact. You have to be legally separated for 1 year to get a divorce there. Unfortunately, quite a few of our friends went through this, most lied and said they'd been living apart for X amount of months so they could hurry up the process.


    Answer by RugersMommy06 at 3:03 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • Some states do not recognize legal separtion at all.

    Answer by Dannee at 3:07 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • my neighbor has a mutual separation...i dont quit know what that is either.he is in the army so i think it has something to do with that.she seems to be having a good ol time with out him lol....

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:45 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • Dannee's right, Texas is one of those. Trust me, we've looked into it! So dh and i are just physically separated, living our own "personal" lives until we can afford a divorce.

    Answer by Anonymous at 6:41 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

  • some military people marry for the benefits. (contract marraige). Usually a single soldier who wants to get out of the barracks and collect BAH. basically both parties can do what they please, and they do not love eachother. so maybe thats why she is fine with it lol...
    anyway contract marraiges are popular...atleast at Ft Hood.
    Kinda sad.

    Answer by babycakes254 at 6:42 PM on Apr. 2, 2009

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