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Celebrity split has legal separation in the spotlight

Ah, movie star romance. The tabloids never seem to run out of fodder for breakup and makeup coverage, and the public thirst for celebrity gossip is never quenched. From New York to the West  Coast, people are talking about the rich and famous. One pair's recent breakup has brought a particular family law issue to people's minds -- legal separation. When news of Anna Faris and Chris Pratt's legal separation hit the scene, some folks were left wondering, what is that again? 

Legal separation is an alternative to divorce. Couples sometimes choose this option because it is perceived as an easier, less contentious, and less stressful way to end a marriage. A couple that chooses to separate will still divide assets, and they will still come to an agreement about child support and custody, but the marriage will not be formally dissolved. 

This type of ending leaves room for a future reconciliation between the estranged pair. It also does not come with any residency restrictions or waiting periods, so it can be a good choice for a person looking for a faster, cleaner break from his or her partner. If the arrangement does eventually lead to divorce, then it will be much easier since a written agreement is already in place. Legal separation is also an option for those who object to divorce for personal, religious, or ethical reasons. 

In New York, a person considering legal separation may want to understand the legal specifics, especially if he or she is less familiar with the concept. While it can be tempting to rely on blurbs read in the celebrity papers, some people desire a more reliable source for information. An individual can choose to consult an experienced attorney who can brief them on the ins and outs of applicable family law issues.

Source: romper.com, "What Does Legally Separating Mean? Anna Faris & Chris Pratt Have Announced Their Split", Alana Romain, Accessed on Sept. 13, 2017

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