Are you facing the end of a marriage and are searching for information to help you in the process? Have you considered a legal separation instead of a Louisville divorce? In most cases, especially when both parties are in agreement to move forward, the decision to divorce is obvious. However, there are times when the parties should consider a legal separation.
A legal separation accomplishes most of the issues contained within a divorce degree with one important exception: at the end of the process the parties are still legally married. “Why in the world would we want that?” you might say.
The reasons many couples have considered a legal separation instead of a Louisville divorce are often associated with the health of the parties, religious beliefs, the protection of the best interests of the children or the hope of reconciliation.
A legal separation moves the process of bringing the marriage to an end forward. A legal separation results in an enforceable legal document which covers the same issues you would have to resolve to complete a divorce, including:
- Child custody and parenting time
- Property and retirement division
- Valuation and division of a closely-held business or professional practice
- Issues of child support and/or maintenance
The two primary reasons many former clients have considered a legal separation instead of a Louisville divorce is the hope of reconciliation and the need to preserve existing health insurance during a medical challenge. Ultimately, when the parties are ready to end the marriage the legal separation is easily and quickly converted to a divorce.
Each case is different and the Divorce and family law attorneys at Dodd & Dodd provide proven advice and counsel based on decades of experience to help you select the best strategy for your unique situation. We invite you to review the strong recommendations of our former clients and contact us or call 502-584-1108 to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced divorce and family law attorneys.