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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