Relationships are sometimes easily frayed, but not all become completely broken. If you are going through a difficult period in your marriage, you may want to consider a legal separation instead of a divorce. Sometimes a legal separation is the best way to give a couple the time they need to reassess where they stand and what they want. You may not know whether you are better off with your spouse or without your spouse until you spend some time apart.
A legal separation is a formal approach to parting. While it is not a divorce, it is a parting of the couple. Financial or religious reasons can drive the need to have a legal separation.
When you legally separate, the following occurs:
You are still legally married to your spouse but you live apart, in separate residences.
You enter into a separation agreement that covers the same issues covered in a divorce — child custody, child support, visitation, property division, debt division, and spousal support.
A legal separation does not automatically convert into or lead to divorce. For some couples, it can allow them time to breathe and to reconcile. For others, the terms of the separation agreement can become the terms of the divorce.
A skilled divorce attorney can assist you in crafting a separation agreement if you decide that you prefer to go this route. Our divorce lawyers are ready to advise you on whether legal separation may be appropriate for you instead of a divorce.