Alternatives to Divorce

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Getting a divorce means your marriage is legally over, and you are once again a single person. You are free to remarry and you are in charge of your own finances, plans, and future.

If you’re not ready for such a permanent break from your spouse, you can choose separation instead. Separation means you are living apart from your spouse—it’s not a divorce, and you’re still legally married. However, getting separated does, in most cases, affect the financial relationship between you and your spouse. There are three different types of separation, explained below.

In certain circumstances, you also have the option of having your marriage annulled. An annulment is very different from a divorce, because once a marriage is annulled, it’s as though the marriage never happened. Learn more below.

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