What is legal separation?
Many times, a couple does not want to be married anymore but they do not want to relinquish the financial benefits of being married. If this is the case, the couple may choose the option of legal separation instead of divorce. When you are considering your numerous options, many people forget that separation is one of those options. There are pros and cons to every type of marriage dissolution.
Legal separation allows you and your spouse to file taxes jointly, benefit from each other’s insurance, and is beneficial for those who practice religions where divorce is frowned upon. When you are legally separated, you are allowed to live separately and don’t have to interact with each other if that’s what you so desire. However, it is important to know that you may not remarry someone else when you are legally separated from your spouse.
When you are considering your options for ending your marriage, you should speak with an experienced divorce and family law attorney to see if legal separation is right for you. Our firm can assist you and listen to the specific circumstances of your case to see if legal separation may or may not be the best choice. Perhaps you and your spouse really are better off getting a contested divorce or going through mediation. It is best if you speak with an attorney who can provide you with quality legal counsel.
Robert Pollack is an experienced divorce and family law attorney in Long Island, New York. Contact The Pollack Law Firm, P.C., to set up a free initial consultation today.