What Is Legal Separation?

Legal separation allows a couple to live separately but remain legally married. A separating couple needs to resolve similar issues to divorce such as property division, child support and custody time. However, you must still consider yourself married if, for example, a document asks about your marital status.

What You Need To Know

Legal separation is not for every couple but it might be the right option for you. Here are a few key considerations when looking at your options:

Because you remain legally married after a separation, you cannot marry someone else. In addition, paternity is still automatically given to the ex-husband if the ex-wife has any new children.

However, unlike divorce, a legal separation can be changed later. Some couples use separation to determine whether divorce is the best step for their family before finalizing the decision. You can choose to divorce later or reverse the separation if it is no longer desired.

Helping You Choose The Right Option

Everyone can benefit from professional help when planning next steps for the family. The emotions from a strained marriage and stressful home environment can make it difficult to think clearly. Our lawyers at Laubacher & Co. help our clients find the right options for their unique circumstances.

If you are considering legal separation, we can answer any questions or concerns you may have, as well as discuss with you whether legal separation is the best option. To speak with one of our attorneys, please call 440-462-1882, or email us for a free consultation.

Our office is in Rocky River. We serve the entire Cleveland area of Ohio.