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Should I Get a Legal Separation or a Divorce?


Making the decision to end your marriage is one of the most difficult and important decisions you will ever make. It’s also permanent. Once you open that Pandora’s Box, there is often no going back. So, if you and your spouse decide to get divorced, you both better be sure it’s what you want. If you’re not sure, legal separation may be a better option for you.

Legal Separation or Divorce: What’s the Best Option?

Legal separation and divorce both offer benefits and downsides. For those who are sure they are ready to get divorced, divorce is the best option. Unlike legal separation, divorce is final and allows both parties to permanently end their partnership and move on with their lives separately. Legal separation on the other hand is the better option for couples who are unsure if they want to part ways permanently.

In some cases, spouses just need time apart to determine if they want to continue to stay married or get divorced. Legal separation offers many of the benefits of divorce without the permanence. Like a divorce agreement, a legal separation agreement allows spouses to negotiate the following:

In addition, if a legally separated couple decides to move forward with divorce, the issues they negotiated as a part of their legal separation agreement can form the basis of their divorce agreement if they desire.

Discuss Your Options with an Experienced Divorce Lawyer Today

Just because your marriage has hit a rough patch does not mean you and your spouse are heading for divorce. In some cases, you and your partner just need some time apart to work through your issues and get your marriage back on track. Legal separation allows you time apart to figure things out while also giving you the opportunity to temporarily take advantage of some of the benefits of divorce, such as legally binding agreements regarding spousal support, child custody, and child support.

Our team of divorce attorneys at Arnold Law Group, APC have over 30 years of combined legal experience. We have handled a wide range of legal issues involving divorce and legal separation. Whether you are ready to file for divorce or you’re only seeking a legal separation, we can guide you through the process and ensure your rights are protected and that you secure the most favorable outcome possible in your situation.

Call us at (559) 900-1263 or get in touch with us online today to speak with our experienced divorce lawyers about your situation.

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