The date of Separation is the point when either or both of the parties decide the marriage is unsalvageable and they have intent to end it. This most commonly occurs when something is said or an action is taken that states it is final or irreconcilable. At the time of...Many people believe that in order to obtain a divorce in California, they must be “legally separated” first. This is not true. Legal Separation and Divorce do not necessarily go hand in hand, although the process for obtaining each one is nearly identical. ...Here is a video on Legal Separation. Find out why it is used and when it is sometimes appropriate.