Separation and legal separation are different. Which is right for you? Our family-law attorneys can help you consider your options.
Need some breathing room to decide your future and work through your marital issues? An informal separation where you and your spouse decide to live apart may be for you.
Unwilling to sever the marriage bonds for personal, religious, or financial reasons? Perhaps a legal separation is in order. A court will issue an order granting the separation. The marriage remains intact, but you and your spouse agree to live apart.
As part of the process you may ask the court to divide your marital assets. It may also decide child-custody issues, child support, and alimony. But you and your spouse are still legally husband and wife during the separation period.
Family law is complicated. JO’s family-law group can help.