Usually when the marriage breaks down, especially if there is acrimony, the initial response is to proceed with divorce. But should you try a separation first?
In this podcast, Judge Sexton discusses the differences between the two terms, and some of the reasons why a separation might be a better choice in the beginning: financial, health benefits, cooling off period, etc. .
Does your state have legal separation? If so, how do you get one?
If your state does not have legal separation, must you go forward with a divorce action?