Why Separation (Instead of Divorce) May Be Right for You

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Each year, it’s estimated that nearly 876,000 divorces take place — that’s roughly 2,400 divorces per day. Naturally, most everyone has a friend or family member that’s been through a divorce. But did you know that’s not your only option if you’re looking to end your marriage?

The Benefits of Legal Separation

A legal separation is a court-ordered arrangement whereby a married couple lives apart and leads separate lives. Similar to a divorce, a separation also involves determining child support, custody, asset division, and spousal support. During a separation, each party is able to date other people, however they can not remarry until/unless they get a divorce.

In many cases, a couple will legally separate in the years leading up to their divorce. However, there are some couples who choose to never officially divorce and live separated for years, if not decades.

Why Choose Separation Over Divorce?

Separation may not be as common as divorce, but it can be very beneficial to couples with unique or extenuating circumstances, like:

  • The couple is using this time as a trial separation: Because a separation is not as permanent or complex as a divorce, some couples will decide to separate while they work on their marriage.
  • Religious circumstances: Some couples choose to get separated if their religion doesn’t allow for divorces.
  • Tax reasons: Depending on your income, job, and assets, it may make financial sense to remain married on paper.
  • Insurance purposes: After a divorce, one or both parties’ health insurance can be affected.

At Blood Law, PLLC, we believe in helping our clients achieve their goals – no matter how complex their divorce or other family law issue. Our experienced attorneys provide tailored legal services with a unique, team-based approach to do our best to achieve these results.

To learn more about our legal services, contact our lawyers online or give us a call at (704) 286-0570.