Legal separation, like divorce, is a status conferred on the parties by a court. Legal separation is not the same thing as a mere physical separation; instead, “legal separation” is a legal status conferred by the court in the context of a legal separation proceeding.
A legal separation proceeding is, in almost every way, very much like a divorce under the existing Missouri statute – the assets will be allocated, and the child custody and support issues will be resolved, as well as spousal support issues in applicable cases. However, at its conclusion, the parties are not divorced, but rather they are “legally separated” and the economic ties between them are dissolved (except for support obligations, which may be a part of the resolution). Legal separation is a status that is helpful in particular and unique circumstances.
For these reasons and more, you may wish to meet with a family law attorney for a consultation to discuss your particular problem or issue. Please call us and we will be happy to be of assistance to you.