Some married couples wish to end their union, but find that divorce is not an option. In this case, a legal separation may be the solution. Couples choose legal separation for a variety of reasons, such as financial or religious. Many people may not know that legal separation is an option. Others are unsure of the difference between legal separation and divorce. Read on to learn more about legal separation and its benefits. Whether you are interested in legal separation or divorce, it is important to choose the right legal representation for you and your case.
What is a Legal Separation?
Legal separation allows a couple to dissolve their marriage, while still maintaining the benefits. While the couple is separated, they are technically still married, and therefore must follow a set of agreements they have set forth. Because each couple is different, each separation will be different. The major topics to address tend to be division of assets, child custody, and child support, among other issues.
Why Get a Legal Separation Instead of a Divorce?
A legal separation can be highly beneficial. Divorce can be vey expensive and time consuming. Additionally, a separated couple can still file taxes as a married couple. The couple can retain other benefits, including medical coverage. While legal separation has many benefits, it is only valid if the couple does not remarry, so make sure to take that into account when making your decisions.
What is the Process of a Legal Separation?
You may sue your spouse by filing a Complaint for Legal Separation. This option can be expensive and may have a serious financial impact, similar to that of a divorce. To save time and money, most couples execute a Separation Agreement. A Separation Agreement is a legal contract between the parties involved. Once the couple agrees on the conditions of the agreement, they may have a neutral third party draft it. They can then sign it and have it notarized. The agreement must be notarized in order to make it binding. While a legal separation is a good option for some couples, it can still be a complicated process. There are many aspects to consider, such as pensions, tax concerns, debts, and more. That is why it is important to have skilled and knowledgable legal representation to guide you through the process.
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.