Legal Separation
A process by which a married couple can obtain a court order on that outlines the rights and responsibilities of each spouse while living apart but still remaining legally married.  Many couples choose this option instead of divorce as a way to step away from the conflict and reassess whether or not divorce is what they truly want.  Others choose this option for religious reasons if their religion does not believe in divorce.  Legal separation allows for each spouse to fully understand their rights and responsibilities to each other and/or their children while the two are separated.