A legal separation occurs when a married couple lives separate lives, yet remains legally married, explains Cathy Meyer for For the duration of a legal separation, a court order remains in place that outlines ... More » Government & Politics Law

To file for a legal separation in Missouri, either party must file for a petition in the county where he or she resides and have enough evidence to support the petition. Also, a person must be a resident or a member of t... More » Government & Politics Law

To prepare a legal separation agreement, research the divorce rules and requirements in your state; inquire at the court clerk's office for a sample separation agreement, or find state-specific samples online; and state ... More » Government & Politics Law
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