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The Basic Idea Behind Separating

Some may believe that legal separation is the first step toward getting divorced. They’re not related. When a couple separates, they are still legally bound by marriage but live separately. In addition to living apart during a separation, couples also split their assets, just as they would in a divorce. There are a number of reasons why you’d separate vs divorce. Learn more below or ask an attorney.

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