DAVIS54 said on
Legal separation is a formal decision not to live together anymore as a married couple. It can be accomplished simply by verbal agreement (for legal purposes) but many couples do have a legal document drawn up as well. While legal separation may satisfy the couple’s practical need to separate, in the eyes of the law the couple is still married. Therefore, neither party may remarry, and any money earned during the period of legal separation is still subject to community property rules. Because of these reasons and numerous other legal, financial, and tax-related realities, couples who are separated usually do obtain a divorce once it has been decided that they will not be getting back together.