Legal separation: when divorce isn’t an option.
The legal separation process is nearly identical to the divorce. In some cases, a legal separation is preferable to a divorce for religious or health considerations. It is important to note that a legal separation can be converted to a divorce, upon request of either party, six months after a legal separation has been finalized.
It is important to understand the legal issues surrounding legal separation, and to consult an attorney to determine whether it is in your best interest to obtain a legal separation instead of a divorce.