Is Legal Separation Or Divorce Right For You?
If you are considering ending your marriage, you might be wondering whether to pursue a legal separation or a divorce. While in many ways these two actions are similar, there are some very important distinctions you should understand before making this important decision.
Legal Separation Vs. Divorce
Under Missouri law, the main difference between a divorce and legal separation is that a divorce ends your marriage while a separation does not. In either process, you will handle issues such as child custody and child support, spousal support and property division, but once a legal separation is final, you remain married. So, why would you consider a legal separation instead of a divorce?
There are several reasons that people proceed with legal separations, including religious concerns as well as hopes that you may one day reconcile with your spouse. The latter may be the case if substance abuse or another potentially temporary problem has caused the upheaval in your marriage.
If you obtain a legal separation, you and your spouse each have the option to convert it to a divorce after 90 days have passed. On the contrary, if after a period of separation you and your spouse decide to live together again as a married couple, you may file a joint dismissal together.
Advocating For Your Rights And Interests
Whether you ultimately decide that divorce or legal separation is right for you, it is important to have an experienced and skilled attorney guide you through the process. The outcomes of the terms of your split can affect you for years to come.
As your lawyer, I will work with you closely to understand your needs and priorities so that I can protect your interests regarding the division of property, the issues involving children and the other matters in your case. With over 30 years of experience, I am well-prepared to guide you through this difficult transition.
Schedule A Free Legal Consultation
To discuss your legal concerns with me, family law attorney Susan E. Hamra, schedule a free initial consultation today. Call 636-898-5881 or 800-243-8084 or send an email to my office to get started. I represent clients across St. Charles County and in St. Louis County.