One spouse must file a petition with the court and a judge decides issues of property, support and custody, much as he would in a divorce.
A separation agreement is a binding contract, but the contract is between the spouses and doesn't involve the court until they’re divorced and it becomes part of a decree. In other states, legal separation is a process similar to divorce.
If you need separation advice, the following information can help.
Many people wonder why they should go through the hassle of getting a legal separation instead of just agreeing to live apart.
Dating might be adultery before a divorce is final -- but it might not be.
The significance of committing adultery also varies from state to state.