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We are separated...is there any law that after certain period of time we will considered single again?

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We were married in WA state and we are still married and last year filed married jointly, but I have moved to another state..spouse is still in WA state...is there any law that if we are separated for like a year or 5 years...or any length of time...we will considered divorced?

Also if any one of us have an affair ...are there any legal consequences ...cheating spouse has to pay something money or otherwise?

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  1. No. If you never filed a Petition for legal separation, then you are still married regardless of whether you do not live together. However, this only applies in Wa. state, if you choose to live on another state, the same laws do not apply.

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  2. If you want to be divorced you must file for divorce and be granted a divorce by a judge. There is no law that saws living apart will result in a divorce. Having an affair may impact the divorce so go consult with a local divorce attorney.

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  3. I cannot tell if your question is a federal tax filing status question and a legal status question or simply a legal status question. For federal tax purposes your filing status depends on whether or not you are legally married on December 31st of that year. Even if you are married, you can file separately and if you were living separate from each other for more than 6 months and have a qualifying child you may be able to file as head of household which usually is a favorable tax status.

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