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Legal Separation

Under Wisconsin divorce law, there is a distinction made between a physical separation and a legal separation, which are very different actions with significantly different legal impacts.

Legal Separation

When spouses separate physically, the laws governing their legal responsibilities to each other and with regard to their assets do not change unless they obtain a judgment of legal separation or a marital property agreement. The judgment of legal separation document sets forth each party’s right to property, support and responsibility for liabilities.

Separation - Physical

Simply moving out and having a separate living arrangement is a physical separation. However, a physical change of address, completely separate living arrangements, or separate living arrangement within the household do not constitute a legal separation in the state of Wisconsin and they do not protect either spouse financially from the other's liabilities.


For information about how to protect your financial health during divorce, or to begin a divorce action and obtain a valid legal separation, call Attorney Kathleen Reiley (414-369-6309) or email Attorney Kathleen Reiley .

See Also:
Litigation In Divorce Actions | Divorce | What A Divorce Attorney Can Do For You
Wisconsin Legal Child Custody | The Emotional Side To Divorce

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