In Minnesota you do not have to be separated before getting divorced, but many couples may want to test what divorce would be like through a legal separation. Often, the process to become legally separated can be as long, costly, and complex as a divorce.

In many ways, legal separation and divorce are the same in that they both include custody and spousal maintenance orders. The parties can also ask the judge to issue an order to divide their assets and debts. The main difference between legal separation and divorce is if you have a legal separation you are still technically married. If you want to end your marriage you will need to get a divorce.

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