Legal Separation in Nevada
Reasons for filing Separate Maintenance instead of a divorce:
If one of the parties would lose health care coverage because of a divorce
The parties don't wish to divorce due to religious reasons
The parties wish to take a breather from the marriage but don't wish to be responsible for the other's debt during the break
Basically, a Decree of Separate Maintenance covers everything a Decree of Divorce covers, such as property and debt division, and child support and visitation, except that the Decree of Separate Maintenance does not end the marriage from a legal standpoint.
The biggest difference between filing for Separate Maintenance and a Complaint for Divorce is that the parties remain legally married after the Separate Maintenance has been granted.
Additionally, oftentimes, the Defendant files an Answer agreeing to the terms of the Separate Maintenance when it benefits him or her.