Legal separation is an alternative to divorce for people who can’t continue to live together but do not want to end their marriage. A couple is legally separated after petitioning the court to recognize their separation. Simply living apart does not constitute a legal separation. All states except Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Texas recognize legal documentation of separation.
What is a Legal Separation Agreement
A legal separation agreement is a legal document signed by both spouses, which details such issues as child custody, spousal support and living arrangements. In some states, legal advice is required to make a separation agreement legally binding. Your attorney will make application to the court so that a judge can sign your separation agreement.