Legal Separation

Ending a marriage with a Judgment of Legal Separation is used by parties who do not wish to be divorced for religious or other reasons and is for couples who do not want to divorce but want to live apart. It does not end a marriage. You cannot remarry or enter in a domestic partnership if you are legally separated. With a legal separation, the court can issue orders about child custody and visitation, child and spousal support, community and separate property

In a contested legal separation the parties are unable to agree on some or all issues, unresolved issues must be settled by the court, judgment is submitted and signed by the court when complete