Unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not end your marriage in the eyes of the court. There are many reasons why a couple might want to live apart from one another and remain married.
Many couples stay legally married due to financial reasons. Obtaining a legal separation agreement allows couples to start dividing assets and debt. Couples can also resolve issues such as child support and visitation, as well as alimony or spousal support. A legal separation agreement can also protect you from owing any debt your spouse might accrue during the separation.
In addition, a separation agreement can make it possible for a spouse to continue receiving health care and tax benefits that they wouldn’t otherwise have access to if they were not married.
Financial reasons are not always behind separation agreements. Some couples might not expect to remarry, or are not ready to get a divorce. Other couples stay legally married for religious or other personal reasons.
Is a legal separation better than a divorce? Every case is different. If you’re considering the option of separation in lieu of divorce, the Offices of Ian S. Mednick can help you determine if it is the right option for you.
The Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick specialize in divorce law, including separation agreements. We can help you design a suitable separation agreement that protects your rights as well as protects matters relating to child support, child custody, and spousal support. Contact our office to learn more about a legal separation and how we can prepare an agreement that is tailored to your needs. We care about your case, and take pride in handling your separation agreement with precision and efficiency.
If a divorce is not your goal, the Law Offices of Ian S. Mednick can request a Judgment of Separation on your behalf.