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Should I get a Divorce or Legal Separation?

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When you’ve reached the end of your marriage, you can take a couple of routes: divorce or separating. This is not a decision that should be made lightly, but it can get confusing distinguishing the two.

Below, we’re breaking down how they differ so that you can determine which one is the right fit for you.

Difference Between Divorce and Legal Separation

Divorce and separation share more in common than not. For example, both allow you to live apart, have individual finances, and child custody, child support, alimony, and the division of marital assets are all addressed by the courts. The primary differentiating factor between the two is that a divorce legally terminates your marriage, while separation does not. This means that so long as you are separated, you cannot remarry someone else.

So, why do people choose to get a legal separation? There are many reasons, including religious beliefs, the sake of the children, or to keep health insurance benefits. For some, it’s a stopping point on the way to divorce. It gives them the opportunity to work through divorce issues while keeping the marriage intact. Many people are uncomfortable with the finality of a divorce and opt for separation because it can be reversed more easily if they choose to stay together.

Peterson White, LLP is Available to Help

Ultimately, the choice is up to you. Take time to consider which option feels more comfortable for your situation. Whether you are looking for a divorce or separation, it’s smart to consult an experienced family law firm. At

Take the first step toward dissolving your marriage by reaching out to us today (855) 919-4124.