Legal separation is the agreement between two married individuals to live apart before getting a divorce. In many cases, couples are deciding to remain separated, rather than divorcing.
Divorce and legal separation have many similarities. Both involve a couple creating space between each other by living separately. Another similarity between the two are decrees by the court for child support, custody, assets, and spousal support are made. In summary, both create a division with custody and financial rules.
The critical difference between a divorce and a separation is when divorced are you no longer married, single, and free to remarry. When in a separation you are still legally married and must continue to fill out forms as such.
Needed During a Separation:
- Determine Child Custody & Support Agreement
An agreement must be made between visitations and financial support for the care of your children.
- Determine Spousal Support Agreement
Upon separation, your spouse may be eligible to receive spousal support.
- Determine Division of Property & Assets
It is important to understand how things such as cars, house, assets, and bank accounts will be separated.
- All of Your Financial Information Available
Things like bank statements, loan agreements, and credit reports will be needed.