Many people inquire about securing a legal separation. In a legal separation, only support — child support or spousal support — is addressed. Marital property rights are tolled. No further rights accrue in the assets of the other.
You remain legally married, but marital property is not divided between the two parties. You can choose between filing income taxes as individuals or as a married couple. Some parties use separation to distance themselves from the other party’s debts. Sometimes, the separation is simply a holding action, until both sides are ready for an actual divorce.
A side benefit many people ascribe to legal separation is that it gives them peace of mind.
A lawyer at Boyle Feinberg, P.C., can explain these and other aspects
of legal separation in greater detail and answer any questions you may have.
Call us at 312-376-8860 to schedule a consultation in our Chicago or Arlington Heights, Illinois, offices.
Facts About Legal Separation — Pro And Con
Separation is an attractive option for couples who can no longer live together but whose religion does not permit divorce, or where one party is seriously disabled, perhaps living in a facility. It is also appealing to couples who hold out the hope of possible reconciliation.
When a couple gets separated and there are minor children involved, a custody order is necessary, just as in a divorce.
One downside to consider about separation is that the other party may decide soon afterward to seek a full divorce. Then you will be paying for two significant legal events in a short period of time.
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Considering getting separated? There are pluses and minuses to legal separation, which our attorneys will be happy to discuss with you. Call the Chicago legal separations and divorce lawyers at Boyle Feinberg, P.C., at 312-376-8860 or 847-394-3940 or send us a message using this online form.