When people get married, they may plan to stay together for the rest of their lives. Unfortunately, things don't always go that way and people end up getting divorced. It is very common for couples to experience difficulties in their marriage that will leave them wondering if they should try to work through them or throw in the towel. After weighing their options and looking at the state of the marriage, some may choose to take a break and become legally separated while others simply choose to divorce and end it all.
Legal separation is when couples decide that they will live apart, but unlike a divorce, they will still be married. The point of a legal separation is to allow a couple to live separately, but not to have to deal with legally ending their marriage or the negative financial effects or defying their religious beliefs. Although the marriage is not legally over, spouses may still have to resolve various matters including child custody and support, property division and may possibly have to pay spousal maintenance.
When couples decide to get legally separated, they may also do so because they have hope of getting back together. Since a divorce is legally ending a marriage, if two people decide that they do want to be together, but have already gone through with the divorce, they will have to remarry. This means, legal separation is very beneficial to a couple if they think there is a possibility of them reconciling. If not, it may not make sense for a couple to be legally separated because they may have to deal with the same legal matters as they would if they were to divorce.
If you and your spouse are considering divorce, you may want to speak to an attorney. The decision to legally end your marriage may not be an easy one to come to, but at some point, you and your spouse need to make a decision if you don't see the marriage working out. An attorney at the Law Office of Nancy. H. Boler may be able to assist you with filing for divorce and any legal issues that may follow.