You can change your cookie settings at any time. You can ask for a legal separation for the same reasons you could file for a divorce or end a civil partnership. However, you do not need to show that the marriage or civil partnership has broken down irretrievably.
Fill in a judicial separation petition - form D8. Send 3 copies of the petition to your nearest divorce centreand keep your own copy. You need to include a certified copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate when you send the form.
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Home Births, deaths, marriages and care Marriage, civil partnership and divorce. Get a legal separation.
To get a legal separation, you need to fill in a separation petition and send it to the court. A legal separation allows you to live apart, without divorcing or ending a civil partnership.
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