Legal Separation Attorney
Unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not mean the end of your marriage; it just means that you and your significant other decide to live independent lives while remaining legally married.
The purpose of a legal separation is to work out an agreement and/or court order, for things like the division of your assets, child custody, visitation, and support. This court order intends to protect your interests until you reconcile, file for divorce, or the death of either party.
A legal separation is not a necessary step in acquiring a divorce. Nevertheless, if the choice to divorce is made later on a judge may determine that because you were pleased with your legal separation agreement, the same arrangement should carry over to the divorce settlement agreement. It is for this reason you will want to talk to an experienced family law attorney.
Reasons for Filing for Legal Separation:
- It allows couples time apart, away from the conflict of the marriage to decide if divorce is what they actually want.
- It might enable the retention of medical benefits and various other benefits that divorce would bring to an end.
- If your religious beliefs conflict with the idea of divorce, you are able to live separately and maintain your marital status.
- If you are a military spouse, you may want to remain married for 10 years so you can take advantage of the benefits set up by the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act.
- Staying married for 10 years or more also means being able to take advantage of certain social security benefits for a spouse.
Contact a Legal Seperation Attorney
Dealing with problems like a legal separation and possible divorce can be frustrating. You should consult with a divorce lawyer at Thomas K. McKnight to help you through this difficult time in your life. If you are considering a legal separation, contact our law firm to review the special details of your situation. Our legal separation lawyers can help guide you through the entire process. If you need additional information about legal separation or divorce, call our law firm at 1-800-466-7507 for a confidential consultation.