Unlike in a dissolution proceeding, the judgment of legal separation leaves the marriage bonds intact. This means that the parties remain “married” in name only, without the rights and responsibilities that attach to marital status. The parties to a legal separation action cannot enter into a new marriage unless and until the existing marriage is dissolved by death or through a judgment of dissolution. The judgment of legal separation resolves all financial issues between the parties, including determination of their support obligations and a division of their community estate.
After a Judgment of Legal Separation, the parties do not acquire further community property and owe each other no spousal duties of care and support except as was ordered by the court in the Judgment of Legal Separation.