What is the Difference between Legal Separation and Divorce?

In terms of the legal work involved, there is little difference between the two. Most, if not all, of the issues involved in a divorce (child custody, support, division of assets and laibilities, etc.) also must be resolved in a legal separation. But legal separation does not end a marriage-it merely ends the existence of a couple’s community property status. As a result, after a legal separation is entered, spouses are, in fact, still married to one another. Legal separation can be a good option for couples if they are unsure they want the permanency of a divorce or if they prefer not to divorce for financial or religious reasons.