Legal separation is almost identical to divorce. Couples who legally separate can live separate and apart, divide assets, seek spousal support, and most importantly, take the time they need to figure out their next steps. It is quite easy for legally separated spouses to later divorce. Similarly, if they choose to reconcile, they can easily end their period of separation.
If you are considering separating from your spouse or ending your marriage, you should learn about the details of divorce, annulment, and legal separation. At the law office of Pritt & Pritt, PLLC, we help clients understand the details of each option. To schedule an initial consultation with a Charleston legal separation attorney, contact us today.
Legal Separation and Health Insurance
Divorce can have a huge financial effect on both parties. One particularly fearsome aspect of divorce is losing health care coverage. When a couple divorces, one spouse may suddenly find him or herself without health insurance. When a couple legally separates, a spouse can remain on his or her spouse's health care plan (in many cases).
Legal Separation and Reconciliation
Some couples choose to legally separate to commence a cooling-off period, leaving the possibility of reconciliation open. Divorced spouses have to remarry if they decide to reconcile. Legally separated spouses do not.
Legal Separation for Religious Purposes
Some religions do not allow for divorce. For couples who wish to end their marriage but cannot due to religious beliefs, legal separation may be appropriate. Similarly, spouses may wish to explore the option of annulment.
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