What you need to know about Legal Separation
Legal Separation Guide
A legal separation is a court order that states who gets custody of the children, who pays support for the children, whether spousal support is ordered, and who gets what property. You might want a legal separation if your religious beliefs prohibit divorce or if you or your spouse have not lived in Oregon long enough to file for divorce. A legal separation costs about the same as a divorce. Filing for legal separation does not prevent a divorce from being filed.
Separation and Divorce
The main difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that you are still married after a legal separation. Therefore, you may still have the right to inherit property from your spouse if you are legally separated, unless the separation judgment says otherwise. If you are divorced, you lose that right.
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