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Reality star separates from husband


Utah fans of the TLC program, "Long Island Medium" may be sad to learn that the show's star, Theresa Caputo, has filed for legal separation from her husband. Caputo and her husband have been married for 28 years and share two children. It is unknown if the pair will eventually file for divorce.

In Salt Lake City, individuals also have the option to file for legal separation, instead of divorce. A legal separation leaves a couple still married, but allows them to work on the custodial and financial matters that they would need to address in divorce. When a resident files for legal separation, the separation order is good for one year, and it may either expire on its own, or the couple may terminate when the couple secures a divorce.

Caputo and her husband have indicated that stress and strain have caused deterioration in their long-term relationship. Neither party has alleged wrongdoing or fault, which may, if they choose to file for divorce, result in a no-fault divorce.

Couples may file a fault or no-fault divorce. Separation for at least three years or the presences of irreconcilable differences may be used to end a marriage without fault. However, problems, such as desertion, adultery and cruelty, may be alleged for a fault divorce.

Should Caputo and her husband decide to reconcile, legal separation generally allows them to return to their prior married life. But, their legal separation may also serve as a stepping stone to an eventual petition for divorce and the permanent end of their long-term marriage. Regardless of what the Caputo family decides though, all couples in this state have the same options.

Source: Newsweek, "Are Theresa Caputo and Larry Divorcing? 'Long Island Medium' Files For Separation," Maria Vultaggio, Dec. 4, 2017

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