What is a Legal Separation?
A legal separation is when the parties wish to live apart but for religious, insurance, tax or other reasons do not want to file for divorce. The legal separation process is similar to the divorce process but you and your spouse stay married. In a legal separation action the parties can decide the terms of custody, support, and division of assets and debts or they can have the court decide it for them by proceeding to trial.
If you are considering a legal separation the Law Office of Margaret D. Wilson can help. We will walk you through the pros and cons of filing for a legal separation versus a divorce. Going through a legal separation can be an emotionally difficult time. Our goal is to arm you with the information you need to make the best decision for you. No matter what your decision, we will always stand behind you and help you through the process. Even if you and your spouse agree on a legal separation issues can arise and disagreements can ensue. It is important to consult with an attorney who can help you protect your rights and meet your objectives to protect you and your family.
Do I qualify for a legal separation?
Unlike a divorce/dissolution of marriage there are no residency requirements for filing for a legal separation. Therefore, everyone qualifies for a legal separation.
I want a legal Separation. What Should I do?
If you have decided that you want a legal separation you should consult with an attorney who can advise you how to meet your objectives. We can help you address such issues as child custody, visitation, child support, and spousal support (commonly known as alimony). We will walk you through the legal separation process and help you every step of the way through this difficult process.
I filed for a legal separation but now I want a divorce?
If you have filed for legal separation but now want a divorce it may be possible to amend your Petition to that of a dissolution of marriage. We welcome your call to discuss the possibility of amending your Petition to a dissolution of marriage.
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