Legal separation is a legal process that allows married couples to live apart without getting divorced or ending your civil partnership. If you get legally separated, you need either a deed of separation or a judicial separation.
Legal separation can be an alternative to the formal process of divorce or ending your civil partnership. You might choose separation if:
Court fees for a legal separation are £365. If you need legal advice, you will also need to pay legal fees.
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A deed of separation is a legal agreement that formalises the terms of your separation. A solicitor can help you make a deed of separation that covers important issues, such as your finances, property and children.
A judicial separation is similar to a divorce but leaves you legally married. It is a formal separation which goes through the courts. A solicitor can help you apply for a judicial separation.