Legal separation in Michigan allows both parties to stay in the same home, but live in different rooms. Property and assets can still be separated. There are a variety of financial differences between divorce and separation, which is often a reason for deciding to take this route.
There are certain situations in which a couple will decide to go with legal separation instead of divorce. For one, separation allows both parties to remain on the same insurance plan. If health insurance is provided by an employer, divorce relieves their responsibility to cover the non-employee spouse. Legal separation is often a direction that religious couples will take, in order to preserve the sanctity of marriage.