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There is no legal separation
in New Jersey. You can certainly work out a separation agreement with your spouse, assuming the two of you can agree on the terms of the separation. However, there is no filing with the court for such purposes. Instead, it's essentially an agreement between you and your spouse as to how the two of you will handle specific matters in relation to property. Without a divorce
, you can still petition the court for custody, child support
, and/or alimony
. However, unlike some other states, there is no legal doctrine of legal separation.
There is, however, Divorce from Bed and Board. A Divorce from Bed and Board resolves matters related to child support, alimony, property, distribution, etc. without actually divorcing the parties (the parties are still married after this process).
The amount of money involved can complicate things, as it can make it harder for spouses to negotiate a settlement. However, that really depends more on the spouses and their abilities to work amicably to resolve matters. The cost of a Divorce or a Divorce from Bed and Board can vary substantially, but your attorney will generally charge $200 per hour or more. The cost of having a separation agreement drafted will likewise vary and that's something you'd need to discuss with your personal attorney of choice.