Choosing Legal Separation vs Divorce
The key difference between legal separation and divorce is that when you are separated, you are still legally married to your spouse even though you are living apart. If you later decide to get divorced, you’ll have to go through the legal steps necessary to terminate your marriage. When you are legally separated you will still need to determine the division of assets, visitation schedules for children and child support. Getting the legal advice you need when considering divorce or legal separation is easy when you seek the help of the divorce attorneys at Larsen Law Firm in Provo. We have gathered some reasons as to why you might want to choose legal separation rather than divorce.
· You and/or your spouse oppose divorce for religious or moral reasons
· One spouse will soon become eligible for his or her spouse’s government benefits (such as Social Security)
· One spouse will remain eligible for the other spouse’s health care or insurance benefits if they remain married
· There is a tax benefit if you and your spouse remain married to one another
· You and your spouse think there’s a chance you may reconcile after you’ve had time apart from one another
· You are not yet eligible to file for a divorce under your state’s residency requirements or waiting period, but want a court-sanctioned separation agreement until you are eligible to file for divorce
· You and/or your spouse find it less stressful to negotiate a separation agreement than to negotiate a divorce agreement
If the above reasons are something you and your spouse are considering then it is always a good idea to talk with your lawyer and discuss which route would be the most beneficial. Every situation is unique and divorce isn’t always the answer. To get all the ins and outs when it comes to the legalities of legal separation you can trust the divorce attorneys at Larsen Law Firm in Provo to give you the answers you need. Stop by our office or give us a call to schedule a meeting with one of our experienced staff.