What's the difference between a separation and a divorce?

If one spouse leaves the marriage unofficially, the marriage is still intact.  This is defined as a trial separation - the spouses may be separated and live in different locations but it is not defined by law.  However, if a couple is legally separated, this means that the marriage is still maintained, but an official separation is filed with the court. A divorce is a legal and official dissolution of a marriage.

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