Deciding to end a marriage is a difficult decision at the best of times, and almost impossible at other times. But if you have taken the decision to end your marriage, you should know that there may be different options to consider. People typically jump right to divorce when considering bringing their marriage to an end, but this is not the only option. In Michigan, as with other states of the US, legal separation is an option that spouses who no longer want to live as a married couple can explore. It provides a unique solution to the issue of separation and can be especially beneficial where there are religious, familial, or financial reasons for not wanting to pursue a full divorce. However, there is often confusion as to how legal separation applies and where it differs from divorce. What exactly does it mean and how is it unique compared to divorce?