legal separation

Definitions of legal separation
  1. noun
    (law) the cessation of cohabitation of man and wife (either by mutual agreement or under a court order)
    synonyms: separation
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    type of:
    cessation, surcease
    a stopping
  2. noun
    a judicial decree regulating the rights and responsibilities of a married couple living apart
    synonyms: judicial separation
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    type of:
    decree, edict, fiat, order, rescript
    a legally binding command or decision entered on the court record (as if issued by a court or judge)
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