Legal Separation

The court may grant a decree for a legal separation of the parties to a marriage for up to one year if the court finds that conditions in, or circumstances of, the marriage currently make it intolerable for both parties to live together; but, that the marriage should be maintained; and neither party has filed for dissolution of marriage. Filing for a legal separation is like filing for divorce, except the parties will remain legally married, and may have temporary court orders with respect to child support, child custody, parenting time, certain financial matters, and spousal maintenance. During a legal separation, the court can issue an order requiring the parties to attend marital counseling in certain circumstances, unlike a divorce proceeding. I will always discuss this option with you and provide you with the knowledge and understanding to determine if a legal separation is right for you.