Legally Separating From a Spouse in Arizona
For personal reasons, religious reasons or financial reasons, some couples may choose legal separation instead of divorce. A legal separation generally involves the same issues as a divorce. One of the most common reasons for a legal separation is to maintain health care insurance for the non-employee spouse, if allowed by the insurance company.
After divorce, partners in the marriage are legally viewed as single and are free to remarry when they so choose. When partners are legally separated, they are still considered married by law. If parties decide to legally separate, either partner may later convert a decree of legal separation to a divorce.
Merely moving out and separating does not mean you are legally separated. This can only be done through the court. Legal separation is different than simply living apart. A decree of legal separation addresses the same issues of divorce: