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Compassion And Care When You Are Thinking Of Separating

Some marriages arrive at an impasse. Divorce might not feel like an option, but one or both spouses know that something needs to change. In situations like these, you may wish to consider a legal separation.

Having helped many couples in Connecticut file for separation, I know what the process is like. At the Law Office of Susan A. Moch, I use 45-plus years of experience to explore your options for putting your marriage on hold or bringing it to an end. When you work with me, you will not feel rushed or pressured to file for divorce; I will listen carefully to help you determine the best option.

Choosing A Separation Vs. Divorce

There are many reasons that a couple may chose to be legally separated rather than divorced, but first it is important to know what the difference is between them. A divorce and a legal separation are both legal remedies that can be sought by either spouse to resolve their differences. A divorce is a permanent remedy for separation when a married couple can no longer remain together. By contrast, a legal separation allows for the parties to resolve all of the property divisions and child support arrangements. Just like a divorce, a legal separation follows the same rules for filing, it can be either no fault or fault based.

Some of the differences between a legal separation and divorce are:

  • A legal separation can be revoked by the couple if they decide to reconcile their differences.
  • The separation allows for the couple to maintain their financial arrangements and continue receiving the benefits of marriage.
  • Legal separation can allow a couple to abide by any religious prohibition on divorce.
  • Child custody sharing can be agreed upon during a legal separation, providing the security of a court enforced arrangement to the couple.

If the couple decides that they no longer wish to have the legal separation, they may always either petition the court to remove the separation or file for a divorce to make the separation permanent. In either situation, the legal separation provides greater flexibility in addressing their marital issues and resolving them.

Learn Whether Separation Is Right For You

For compassionate and experienced representation in separation or divorce, reach out to me. I can sit down with you at my office in Westport in an initial consultation to discuss your situation. To schedule your consultation, call Call or send me an email.