Paul Nassif, husband of Adrienne Maloof, filed a Petition for legal separation today. Adrienne is on the popular television show "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills."
A Petition for legal separation is appropriate when the parties want to separate their lives as you would in a dissolution proceeding but who also wish to remain legally married. This could be for religious reasons or personal choice.
In contrast, a Petition for dissolution is requesting that the marriage be terminated and that the parties be restored to the status of unmarried persons.