Do my spouse and I have to legally separate before we can get divorced?

No.  A “legal separation” is an entirely different legal proceeding governed by a separate set of laws.  A so-called “legal separation” is not a part of, or a prerequisite to, a divorce.  In fact, “legal separations” are now rarely used (although they remain appropriate in rare cases.)

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