Long Island Legal Separation
Experienced Divorce & Family Lawyer
Some couples need time to get their thoughts and priorities straight if
they are having difficulties in their marriage. Separation can be extremely
helpful to couples who are considering but are unsure of whether they
want or need to
divorce. If you and your spouse are planning to separate your lives and belongings,
a legal separation agreement is the route you will likely need to take.
Legal separation agreements are contracts between you and your spouse
that establish the terms of your separation.
The terms that will be discussed in a legal separation are:
The difference between a legal separation and divorce is that a separation
does not put an end to the marriage. Legal separation, however, enables
you to live separately while remaining married. During the time you are
living separately, you are under a court order that lays out the rights
and responsibilities of each spouse. As you pursue a legal separation,
speak with our firm's Long Island divorce attorney at your earliest convenience.
Advantages to a Legal Separation
Legal separations and divorces have many aspects in common, but some individuals
will benefit more from a legal separation. Individuals are still able
to retain medical and other types of benefits that are only for people
who are legally married.
Some couples do not wish to divorce because it conflicts with their religious
beliefs. It allows couples the chance to spend time alone to decide whether
divorce is the favored option.
Military spouses often wish to remain married for at least 10 years so that they
can benefit under the Uniformed Services Former Spouse Protection Act.
Need representation for a legal separation in Long Island, NY?
No matter what the reason is for obtaining a legal separation rather than
divorce, you can benefit from our firm's experienced representation.
After living separately for at least one year after the legal separation
agreement is filed, you can file for a no-fault divorce from your spouse.
Specific formalities must be followed when creating and filing the agreement
in order to qualify, however.
For assistance with this process,
contact our firm at once!