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legal separation Syllabification: le·gal sep·a·ra·tion

Definition of legal separation in English:


1An arrangement by which a couple remain married but live apart, following a court order. Also called judicial separation.
Example sentences
  • Spouses may achieve a legal separation simply by drawing up a deed of separation.
  • Presumably, these rights would include the right to seek a legal separation, and to seek a divorce.
  • Thanksgiving came and went, and Marie's lawyer notified me that she was filing for a legal separation.
2An arrangement by which a child lives apart from a natural parent and with the other natural parent or a foster parent, following a court order.
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