Six separations of dating
Through the legal separation process, the court has power to make orders regarding property division, child sharing and support.
In the alternative, if a party files for legal separation, he or she can obtain a judgment as quickly as the court can process the paperwork.
We know of a couple who stayed legally separate but married for some 25 years.
(Indeed, they exist in that state to this day.) The woman, happily living in a townhouse in Miami, plays tennis during the day and spends evenings with her lover, another woman.
The residency requirement permits a party to file for divorce in California only if at least one spouse has resided in California for a minimum of sixth months.
There is no such residency requirement in a legal separation.