What is legal separation?

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When couples start to think their marriage is near its end, sometimes they move to separate homes. This physical separation is not a status change in the eyes of the law.

Legal separation is a process that recognizes a new marital relationship and allows for continuation of some benefits while officially separating most financial and caregiving elements.

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Four mistakes women over 50 make during divorce

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Divorce for those over 50 (often called "gray divorce") is becoming more and more common. However, as older couples split up, it can pose a serious threat to their financial security.

This is particularly true for women.

So what should you do to protect your future? You can start by avoiding these four common mistakes:

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Keeping the house through a divorce

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Divorce is never easy, but at least financial assets can be split using general math.

When it comes to property, how do two people who lived in one house reach agreement?

Even after you've decided who will live where, there's still the matter of house payments and value.

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