If you and your spouse can’t stop arguing and have considered divorce, perhaps you should try legal separation first. A legal separation agreement is a document signed by both parties that outlines issues such as spousal support, alimony, and living arrangements during this period.

Learn more about legal separation.

Understanding Legal Separation

Many people confuse legal separation with divorce, but they aren’t interchangeable. Divorce is permanent, whereas legal separation is temporary. Some couples discover a brief split is just what they needed to work through their problems, and it may strengthen their marriage. Others develop newfound freedom and grow uninterested in marriage, so the separation leads to divorce.

See how a legal separation can benefit your relationship.

What Are the Benefits of Legal Separation?

Believe it or not, legal separation can help you repair your marriage, and it may even enhance it. Spending too much time with one person leads to inevitable arguments, but after staying away from each other for a few months, communication between both of you may strengthen.

Some advantages include:

Ultimately, if a couple proceeds with divorce, a judge can convert their separation agreement into a divorce agreement.
Take separation seriously because if you and your spouse end up splitting permanently, a judge may assume you’re both fine with the arrangements made in the separation agreement. They may rule there’s no basis to make drastic changes to a divorce agreement, so don’t agree to anything you can’t live with.

How Can I Make Separation Go Smoothly?

Although separation isn’t permanent, it’s still a difficult period of uncertainty. Here are three guidelines you can follow to help you get through this:

 

Contact The Ault Firm, P.C.

If you’re certain legal separation is right for you, but are afraid of experiencing a negative outcome, you should work with a legal separation attorney. An experienced attorney from The Ault Firm can provide you with sound legal advice and represent you in court. Contact us today.