What is a Legal Separation?
A legal separation is commenced in the same manner as a divorce, however the parties will remain married and not divorced at the end of a legal separation case. A legal separation requires parties to address all the same issues they would in filing for a divorce, such as property and debt division, parental responsibilities and child support. Once you are legally separated you can convert the decree of legal separation to a decree of dissolution of marriage. If you are considering a legal separation rather than a dissolution of marriage, we can help you understand key distinctions between the two such as rights concerning remarriage, insurance and social security benefits and other important concepts the distinguish the two choices.