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Channing Tatum and wife announce separation

Whether it is an average couple or a celebrity couple, the reality is that issues, disputes and problems can enter into a marriage. This can strain the relationship, causing it to end the marriage. However, when celebrity couples decide to call it quits, the public eye could make an already difficult time more challenging.

In recent celebrity news, actors Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan Tatum publicly announced that they are separating. While some people may believe that this is an automatic path to divorce, it is important for readers to know that separation and divorce are two very different legal processes. Whereas a divorce terminates a marriage, a separation creates agreements between married spouses so that they can live separate lives.

For example, in the case of Channing and Jenna, the estranged partners share a 4-year-old daughter. It would be possible for them, through the separation process, to create a custody agreement that outlines when the child will be with each of them and what rights each will have with regard to her life. Additionally, they may work out if either will provide the other with support during their separation and how they will share in the costs of raising their little girl.

Couples that separate also have to make important decisions about their property, both tangible and intangible. They have to work out if one will stay in their marital home and if so, where the other will live. They may have to decide if they will continue to use shared financial accounts or if they will separate their money into individual assets.

A separation is very much like a divorce in that it allows two people who once shared everything to live on their own terms. However, at the end of the day, separation keeps a marriage intact. Divorce, on the other hand, destroys marital bonds and truly makes individuals independent of their former spouses.

Source:, "Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan 'Have Lovingly Chosen to Separate' After Nearly 9 Years of Marriage," Kara Warner and Julie Jordan, Apr. 2, 2018

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