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Legal Separation: A declaration by a court that the parties can live separate and apart even thought they are still married to each other.
Leverage Factors: Considerations made by each parties pertaining to the issues that are being disputed.
LEGAL SEPARATION: a court order allowing spouses to live separate and apart while remaining legally married.
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MAINTENANCE: one spouse's payment to the other for financial support; the same as alimony or spousal support.
n. a court-decreed right to live apart, with the rights and obligations of divorced persons, but without divorce. The parties are still married and cannot remarry.
Legal Separation: A court order describing the conditions under which two married people will live separately.
Lien: A charge, hold, or claim upon property of another as security for a debt.
legal separation: You and your spouse or domestic partner can end your relationship but still remain legally married or partnered, and get court orders on parenting and money issues, with a judgment of legal separation.
lessee: (See tenant.)
lessor: (See landlord.) ...
A court order establishing the terms of: custody, support, etc. under which a married couple will live separately.
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A husband and wife are legally separated when there is a judgment of separation or they have entered into a validly executed written separation agreement.
1 : cessation of cohabitation between a married couple by mutual agreement with intent that it be permanent ;also : legal separation compare divorce NOTE: In some cases in which the estrangement is ...
Separation Agreement ...
"Upon or subsequent to the annulment or dissolution of any marriage or the entry of a decree of legal separation or divorce, the parents of a minor child of the marriage, shall maintain the child according to their respective abilities, if the child is in need of maintenance." ...
Spouses are said to be living apart if they no longer reside in the same dwelling, even though they may continue their relationship. A legal separation results when the parties separate and a court rules on the division of property, such as alimony or child support -- but does not grant a divorce.
Separation agreement: Written arrangements concerning custody or parental obligation, with child support, spousal maintenance and property division made by a married couple who are usually about to obtain a divorce or legal separation.
divorce - The legal separation of man and wife, effected by the judgment or decree of a court, and either totally dissolving the marriage relation, or suspending its effects so far as concerns the cohabitation of the parties.
See also: What is the meaning of Separation, Court, Law, Support, Divorce?