Can I just stay separated? Do I have to file for a divorce?

Can I just stay separated? Do I have to file for a divorce?

If you simply separate without getting a divorce, you can't legally remarry and you can't assume a new partner's name. Separation agreements and court orders can resolve some family matters but they do not legally end your marriage.  The only way to legally end your marriage is to get a divorce.  Generally, you need to be separated for a one-year period to get a divorce.

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