Legal seperation

Dear jlb7878:

Greetings. You are legally separated from the moment you are living separate and apart and one of you intends the separation to be permanent. You never have to file for divorce, you can live the rest of your life as married, but separated. You may file for divorce after one year of separation. If you reconcile while you are separated - then you are no longer separated. Best of luck.

Janet L. Fritts
Attorney with Rosen Divorce
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607

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I was wondering that if there is a legal seperation in effect, is there a certain length of time that you can be seperated without having to file for divorce? Also, what happens if the decision to reconcile is made while legally seperated?