In the event of the breakdown of a marriage, a legal separation is often preferable for some people. A legal separation allows you to live apart, without divorcing or ending a civil partnership.
You can ask for a legal separation for the same reasons you could file for a divorce, for example adultery or unreasonable behaviour.
To get a legal separation, you need to fill in a separation petition and send it to the court.
However, you do not need to show that the marriage has broken down irretrievably.
You may want a legal separation if:
- you have religious reasons against divorce
- you’ve been married less than a year
- you want time and space to work out if you want to end the marriage
If you decide to divorce at a later date, the separation process can “speed up” the divorce.
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