A legal separation is basically the same process as filing for divorce in that the court will make decisions about the division of your debts and assets and will address such topics as child support and spousal support. However, getting a legal separation is usually quicker and less stressful because both spouses are typically cordial. They can come to agreement to the terms of the legal separation, and court involvement is usually limited or not necessary. Once you are legally separated you will no longer be married but you will not be considered to be single either. It is.