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Legal Separation Attorney in Bohemia, NY

When a couple no longer wants to continue a marriage but divorce is not an option, a legal separation may be your solution. There are many situations that call for a legal separation. Whether it is for religious or financial reasons, legal separation can help a couple move on, but in a limited way. It is important that the couple retains the quality legal support when deciding to separate in the state of New York. The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. has over 25 years of experience helping families across Long Island. When addressing such a significant decision, it is in your best interests to speak to a knowledgeable professional. To know more about legal separation, contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. for a free consultation.

Legal Separation

What is legal separation?

Legal separation is a way to dissolve a marriage while keeping the benefits. Technically, the couple is still married. While apart, all parties must follow the agreement set forth. Each separation is different and comes with unique matters to address. For the most part, when the couple decides on marital issues, they can live separately and live their own lives if it doesn’t violate the rules of the agreement. Some of the major matrimonial topics that can be addressed include division of assets, child custody, spousal maintenance, child support, and living arrangements.

The benefits

As stated above, there are many financial reasons to legally separate. For one, divorce is very expensive. Though there are ways to divorce that save time and money, some couples would rather avoid the cost. Second, if the couple agrees to a separation, they can still file taxes as a married couple, saving a lot of money down the line. Furthermore, because they are still married, they can retain some benefits, including medical coverage and other health care benefits. Though legal separation has many benefits, it only works if the couple does not remarry.

How can I get a legal separation?

There are two ways to become legally separated in the state of New York. Either party has the right to sue the other for legal separation by filing a Complaint for Legal Separation. This comes with a significant financial impact that echoes that of a divorce. Most people execute a Separation Agreement to acquire a legal separation as it saves time, money, and the emotional impact of litigation.

Using a Separation Agreement to legally separate

A popular method of achieving a legal separation is by drafting a Separation Agreement. A Separation Agreement is just a legal contract between parties. A couple can use a mediator or attorney to come to an agreement on all unresolved matrimonial issues. Once a couple agrees to terms, they can have a neutral third party draft it and they can sign it. It must be notarized to make it binding. Once the couple does this, they are legally separated. Though it sounds simple enough, there are many complicated marital issues that can impact the future of each party, including debts, pensions, tax concerns, and real estate. When working through such significant legal matters, it is important to have quality legal support. Our firm offers mediation services to facilitate the negotiations or legal support to protect the rights of one client.

Suffolk County legal separation services

If you are interested in a legal separation, our firm can help. The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. provides both mediation or legal services to clients across Long Island. Our firm has over 20 years of experience helping clients through all divorce and family law matters. To learn more about our firm or the process of obtaining a legal separation, contact The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. for a consultation today.

Why choose our firm?

We have an excellent AVVO rating from our many happy clients

We will tirelessly pursue a favorable resolution to your case

We offer aggressive and effective representation

We treat our clients with the compassion, patience, and respect that they deserve

We have more than 20 years of dedicated legal experience

We have the legal knowledge necessary to help you obtain the outcome you desire

We tailor our practice to the representation of your divorce case

What Our Clients Are Saying

I hired Susan to represent me in a divorce matter where I was fighting for custody and to limit my wife's equitable share of our assets. I won custody of our son, kept the marital residence, kept my professional practice, kept my building and paid less than half to my wife. This was after a long-term marriage. She could persuade the court that equitable is not equal and sometimes the man does deserve to win!

‐ Dave

I first must say that I had been represented by two prior attorneys both of whom had simply taken my money and left me nothing to show for it in my custody case. They kept telling me what they were doing for me but I found out they were lying. Susan on the other hand had gotten me temporary custody and support for my children and myself within two months of hiring her. I cannot say enough about her.

‐ Craig

After talking to a few other attorneys, I hired Susan to represent me in my divorce and custody dispute. I was reluctant to go with her because she was the cheapest out of all the other attorneys I met with, but I'm so glad I did. I am 100% positive no one else would have done such a great job with my case as Susan and her staff. Her work is quality, her staff is reliable and her character is honorable. There...

‐ Linda

I had a very difficult case where I had already burned through two attorneys who were unable to get me custody of my children and complete my divorce. Susan was able to rapidly work out an agreement and not let it just malinger on like my previous experiences. She was also considerate of my financial situation unlike all of the other lawyers I had spoken to. I highly recommend her if you want complete and caring service with an in-depth knowledge of...

‐ Joanne


The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. proudly serves clients throughout Suffolk County, New York in their divorce, family law, and estate planning matters. If you require the services of an experienced Suffolk County attorney, schedule a consultation with The Law Offices of Susan A. Kassel, P.C. today.

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