CUEVAS said on
Separation implies that the partners are living apart as they work through their marital discord. Legally recognized in most constituencies, separation is often viewed as a prelude to divorce. Estranged partners often seek temporary support as they work through the facets of a divorce proceeding. Examples of support include housing, child support, alimony, and the like. When the divorce is finalized, often years after the initial filing of separation, support may become permanent.
Amy-Kate said on
Separation can just mean that the couple have agreed to be apart, and may not be legalised. Sometimes it is just so that they can try to work out issues and sometimes it is because they have already decided to get divorced, and separation is the first step. Divorce is when they take the matter to court and end their marriage
rainstarry said on
Separation implies a mutual decision by a couple to live apart or end a relationship while still being married. A divorce on the other hand, means a legal annulment of a marriage, which thus revokes the status of husband and wife from a couple. A separation is usually a temporary arrangement, where perhaps a couple needs some time alone to reflect on their marriage. Divorces on the other hand, are permanent and usually means that a couple does not intend to get back together again.
anthonyjones said on
No they’re not the same. Divorce means a total ending of the relationship and marital status of a couple, while separation merely means a time and space apart between a couple. However, divorce is usually preceded by separation, and of course separation comes after divorce. In case you didn't know, some divorced couples still stay together!