Legal separation without dissolution (sometimes legal separation, separate alimony, divorce from a cafeteria and thoro or divorce from bed and food) is a legal procedure in which a couple can formalize a de facto separation while remaining legally married. Legal separation is granted in the form of a court order. In cases where children are involved, a decision of the legal separation court often makes custody agreements for the children that set out sole custody or joint parenthood as well as child support. [1] Some couples obtain a separation without legal breakdown as an alternative to divorce, based on moral or religious objections to divorce. [2] Minutes of settlement are a written record of the settlement of legal proceedings.