What is the effect of a legal separation in terms of dating other people?
Legal separation involves the same procedures as divorce, but the separated spouses can't marry others. Legally, the parties are still married to one another. Legal separation is an alternative for people who wish to avoid divorce for religious or other reasons. The court grants a legal separation on the ground that the marriage relationship is broken. Like a divorce, a legal separation requires property division and determination of child custody and placement. The court may order maintenance and child support payments in a divorce in South Carolina.