Apart from divorce, which has a certain finality to it, you and your spouse can even opt for a decree of judicial separation to better understand if you want a divorce.
Through this measure, the Court orders that you have been officially separated temporarily.
Judicial Separation does not have the same legal effect as divorce. This is because your marriage continues to exist. You cannot remarry legally during judicial separation.
You can apply for a decree of judicial separation for the same reasons as that of divorce. But it will not have the same effect as it does for a divorce. You will continue to be a married couple that lives separately.
After the order for judicial separation has been passed, you and your spouse can exercise one of the two following options:
Option I: Cancelling the Order of Judicial Separation You can approach the Court to cancel this order. You are able reconcile with your spouse and get back together and live as a married couple after cancelling this order.
Option II: Get a Divorce After one year of receiving the order for judicial separation, if you and your spouse believe that there is no possibility of reconciliation you can file for divorce.
During this period you are entitled to alimony from your spouse. Please read this for more information. Further, the Courts will decide on the question of custody of children.2