WHAT IS A LEGAL SEPARATION?
Coping with a breakup is never a pleasant situation, and it is often painful: it is a challenging time that emotionally affects both parts and children if there are any. That is why it is so important to know what options exist so that the situation can be solved as soon as possible, and, in a way, that is satisfactory for both parties involved. One of the first things that we must have clear is that a separation is not the same as a divorce, and that there are diverse ways to solve this legal issue.
Legal separation is the process that is requested from a judge, who, through a sentence, puts an end to coexistence, but the marriage is maintained by separating the assets of both parts. When there is a marriage bond, the situation is undoubtedly more complex than when there is no formal link.
In most cases, it is regarded as a procedure prior to a divorce, since judicial separation is requested and once the requirements of the divorce are fulfilled a demand of this type is initiated. The main difference between a divorce and a separation is that there is no official document that can be signed stating you are separated and no longer living as a couple, for those cases a divorce procedure is needed. Some couples prefer to separate from each other and live together while they recover their financial independency, this is option is usually called “separation under the one roof.”