A divorce is not the only option for couples that are currently going through difficult times. Some relationships go through straining times, and require more than just a “break” from one another. A Decree of Legal Separation may be the right solution if you are not quite ready to finalize your relationship by way of divorce.
A legal separation, or separation agreement, carries many of the same stipulations of a divorce. A couple may choose to remain legally married while living separately and having their parenting time and financial affairs clearly defined and approved by a court.
Legal separations can prove beneficial for those unsure of their relationship. In some cases couples have time away and are able to realize the importance of their spouse, choosing to end the separation, and return to their marriage. Others find the separation a positive change in their life and choose to have the separation converted into a divorce.
It is vital to understand that a Decree of Legal Separation is not a Divorce. Once a legal separation has been granted it is required to convert to, and finalize a divorce before marrying another individual.
For some people, a separation agreement is an attractive alternative to a divorce. A couple may choose to remain legally married while living separately and having their parenting time and financial affairs clearly defined and approved by a court.
The process for obtaining a legal separation is similar to obtaining a divorce. If a legal separation is obtained, the parties are not able to remarry while they’re separated. However, if the parties prefer to have a legal separation for whatever reason, they can have the separation converted to a divorce at a later time.
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