By Chris Kramer
You may have considered divorce but are worried you’ll regret your decision. Many states offer a middle ground between marriage and divorce: legal separation.
Simply living separately from your spouse does not constitute legal separation. Legal separation involves the divorce court because you must file a petition for legal separation. Although separation is often a step toward divorce, not all separations end in divorce court. If you and your spouse decide to get back together, you probably won’t take further legal steps. Some couples may simply remain legally separated.
If you enter into legal separation, you must follow guidelines assigned by the court. When agreeing on terms, keep in mind:
Laws on legal separation are different in each state. Separation can serve as legal grounds for divorce in some places; elsewhere, legal separation may not be recognized. If your state permits legal separation, how could it benefit you?
Total Divorce can connect you with a local divorce lawyer who can further explain legal separation options to you, develop workable terms for separation and help you protect your rights in case your separation ends in divorce. Fill out a divorce case review form or call 877-349-1310 to set up a preliminary consultation today.