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Legal Separation

    In Connecticut, a legal separation is like a divorce in that the same procedure applies and the same types of final orders are entered.  The only difference is that at the end of the legal separation process the parties remain legally married.

    Legal separations are not very common.  People who follow religious beliefs that do not allow divorce may choose a legal separation.  People who want to remain on a family health insurance plan may also choose a legal separation.  However, many health insurance companies treat legal separation the same as divorce and will terminate benefits.

     A legal separation is not a temporary arrangement, as people sometimes think.  A legal separation case concludes in a judgment, the same way a divorce case does, with the entry of final orders as to division of property, alimony, custody, child support, and division of debts.

    A legal separation court case follows the basically the same procedure as a divorce case.  However, if the parties to a legal separation start living together again as husband and wife after the judgment enters, they may cancel the final orders of the judgment by filing a notarized and witnessed statement with a divorce court.

    If the final orders have not been canceled, either party may go to divorce court at any time and convert the legal separation into a divorce.

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