When married couples are suffering through a difficult time, they have options. If they do not wish to file for divorce, they may wish to seek a legal separation. This can allow them to keep some of the benefits that come along with marriage. However, it can also provide a means to separate their lives and give them the space that they are looking for. This may be able to improve their marriage in the end or cause them to come to the conclusion that they need to get a divorce. With a legal separation, spouses are able to maintain tax benefits that accompany married couples. They may also be able to retain healthcare benefits of their spouse. This can also be a good choice for couples that do not want to go against their religious beliefs by getting a divorce. There can be many reasons to get a legal separation and each case can differ on the couples’ choice. However, it is important to remember that a legal separation is not the same concept as a divorce. A divorce ends the marriage, but a legal separation does not end a marriage.
How do I start the process?
When an individual wants to become legally separated from their spouse, they have a few options on how to do so. They can become legally separated by executing a separation agreement, which is a legally binding document that both parties must agree upon, sign and get notarized. In the document, it will address matters that would be involved in a typical divorce, including child custody, child support and financial matters. The process can involve couples working together with their attorneys and a mediator to work toward a mutually agreed upon Separation Agreement, which seems similar to divorce mediation. If the couple wishes to get a divorce in the future, it can be made easier by having the Separation Agreement in place. Another method to get legally separated is to sue your spouse for a legal separation. In order to do this, you will need to file a complaint for legal separation at your local court
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