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Spouse of The View star takes steps to end short marriage

Couples who legally separate in Gig Harbor, Washington, are different from those who file for divorce. Although filing a legal separation identifies the rights of each spouse, it does not permanently dissolve the marriage. In some instances, couples file for legal separation instead of proceeding straight to divorce.

For example, the marriage of Sherri Shepherd of "The View" television show is apparently ending because her husband of three years has filed for legal separation. According to the report, Shepperd's husband recently filed the legal papers despite the fact that the couple is expecting a child through surrogacy. The court document stated the husband expects the birth and naming of the child to go as planned despite the separation. Furthermore, he is also seeking full legal and physical custody of the infant after his birth. He stated he would provide reasonable visitation rights to Shepperd.

In addition to listing other demands regarding custody of the child, the husband also suggested nullifying the prenuptial agreement the couple signed because of fraud. He also included monthly spousal support and payment of attorney fees in the documents as part of his filing.

It was reported that the husband might file for a divorce when three months have passed due to a six-month state residency requirement.

Filing a legal separation before a divorce may be troublesome for many spouses who live in Tacoma or across the state of Washington. However, a legal separation can be used to an advantage by couples in many ways. A separation may allow couples time to reconcile and if so, they only need to submit a request to resume the marriage. If both parties choose to permanently end the marriage, filing a legal separation first may make the divorce simpler and less complicated.

Source: Examiner, "Sherri Shepherd's Husband filed for separation after three years of marriage," Margaret Minnicks, May 10, 2014

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