What is legal separation?

There are many couples that are experiencing a rough patch in their marriage and realize it will likely not get better but they are still not set on getting a divorce. There are plenty of reasons that a couple would choose legal separation over divorce. Some people have religious beliefs that don’t condone divorce and others may want to continue to reap the financial and insurance benefits of remaining married.  One option that these couples may have is to simply obtain a legal separation instead of a divorce. There are two ways that a couple can become legally separated. The first is through a complaint of separation and the other is through a separation agreement.

When you become legally separated through a separation agreement, you will have to sign a contract between the two parties that addresses a number of issues. The contract may contain agreements regarding spousal support, the division of assets and liabilities, child custody, child support, and child visitation. This contract is very similar to the matters that are handled in a divorce. In order to make sure that the separation agreement is fair for both parties, it is important that you retain the services of an experienced separation attorney who can provide you with assistance and protect your future.

If the couple at some point would like to turn the separation into a divorce, it is much easier than starting from scratch because there is already an agreement in place. If you have any questions about whether a separation is right for you, contact our firm today.

If you are in need of experienced and dedicated legal counsel, please contact The Penichet Firm and we will be happy to assist you in your family or criminal law matters.