What is legal separation?

  • (noun): (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order).
    Synonyms: separation
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Legal Separation

Legal separation (sometimes "judicial separation", "separate maintenance", "divorce a mensa et thoro", or "divorce from bed-and-board") is a legal process by which a married couple may formalize a de facto separation while remaining legally married. A legal separation is granted in the form of a court order.

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Legal Separation - Other Countries
... entire countries, and in some jurisdictions,such as in Italy, an extended period of legal separation (for example, three years or five years) is required before a decree of full and divorce can be issued ... This period of legal separation can be considered to be a part of the divorce procedure in some countries or some jurisdictions ... It needs to be noted that in some countries, the laws for marriage, separation, and divorce vary from state-to-state or province-to-province ...
Welsh Government - After The 2007 Election of The National Assembly For Wales - Legal Separation
... the Government of Wales Act 2006 created a formal legal separation between the National Assembly for Wales, the legislature comprising the 60 Assembly members, and the Welsh Government, the ... This separation between legislature and executive took effect on the appointment of the First Minister by Her Majesty the Queen following the Assembly election on 3 May 2007 ... Separation should help to clarify the respective roles of the legislature and the executive ...

More definitions of "legal separation":

  • (noun): A judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart.
    Synonyms: judicial separation

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