Let's be honest, problems are natural for married couples. Putting
two human beings together creates conflict, because no matter how much
we love each other we will have differences of opinions, different habits,
etc. What makes the difference in the marriage relationship is how as
couples we chose to work through these problems, and if we are able to
at all. After some time, perhaps the arguments and conflict is becoming
too much to handle for you, and you are thinking of leaving your spouse.
When considering "breaking up" your marriage, it is helpful to
weigh the options between a
legal separation and an official
divorce. First, it is important to actually understand what the differences are.
A legal separation means that your marriage is not legally coming to an
end, though it does allow you and your spouse to live in separate locations
while still technically still in union.
The separation process is actually a legal contract that is defined by
the court, stating the exact terms of the separation between you and your
spouse. Here you will have specific responsibilities and rights that will
vary as opposed to being a regular married couple. Legal separation is
often a chance for couples to work through their problems while living
apart from each other. It is often considered as a breath of fresh air
and a chance to reevaluate the relationship. Many times couples will choose
to come back together and remain married, or they will realize that the
separation was best and then they can go through with the official divorce.
This process is encouraged for those who may need a break, but aren't
exactly sure about what to do with their marriage just yet. The legal
separation will also give couples a chance to discuss the possible details
of a divorce including child custody, property division etc. in order
to make the divorce process run more smoothly in the future. The legal
separation process is just that, legal, which means you and your spouse
are going to walk through an agreement during this time either to remain
a couple or to move on and divorce. During this season of a legal separation
you will have to address all of the same factors as you would if you were
divorcing, because you will want to protect your needs and requests in
the event you decide to divorce later on.
Those who file for a divorce are in the place where they are certain they
want the marriage to come to an end, and if this is you a legal separation
may just be delaying the unavoidable future. If you are weighing the options
between both possibilities, contact The Meyers Law Group today to discuss
the details of your current situation. At our firm we have years of experience
with divorce and separation and we would love to walk with you through
the process and steps in order to determine what is best for you and your
spouse. Contact us today for more information!