Considering legal separation? It is a worthwhile route to take. Some couples
choose to live separately but continue to stay married for a variety of
reasons. Understandably, divorce is a weighty decision to make. It may
not always the right solution for each couple’s situation.
Sometimes, it is due to religion or ethical reasons, and other times it
could be due to financial circumstances, health insurance, and simply
just personal preference. For example, to obtain social security benefits,
tax benefits, or benefits for spouses in the military, a couple will need
to be married for ten years. Some couples choose to legally separate for
perspective on what life may be like if they do eventually choose to divorce.
Preparing for The Court Process
Usually, the process for filing for legal separation begins with the courts.
Having a Birmingham divorce lawyer assist you through each phase is vital.
Not only do you want to ensure that all of your paperwork is completed
promptly, error-free, and by the specified deadlines, but also that your
legal rights are preserved.
When considering your legal separation petition, the following criteria
must be met:
- The legal requirements have been met to dissolve the marriage
- There is no chance of reconciliation between the spouses
- The courts have already entered decrees for custody and child support
Another added benefit of legal separation versus divorce is that there
are no waiting periods. To file for divorce, you will need to wait a period
of thirty days from the date of filing. Keep in mind that the agreements
you choose to file in your legal separation may also be carried over to
your divorce agreements. Make certain you agree with and can live with
those terms before deciding on divorce.
Contact Gossman Law Firm, LLC for Legal Advice
Our Birmingham divorce attorneys can provide you with sound legal guidance
and personalized solutions to help you through any divorce and family
law matter. We know how complicated these matters can often be, but rest
assured that we always put your best interests first. If you are thinking
about legal separation as an option, speak with us!
We offer free case consultations. Call us at (205) 402-8808 to request