Legal Separation

When couples experience a breakdown in the marital relationship, it can be difficult to decide what path to take. Divorce is a common option. However for some, divorce may not be an option due to religious reasons, or because the parties feel there may be hope for reconciliation. For these couples legal separation may be a better option.

Legal separation is a tool by which the courts determine the rights and responsibilities of a husband and wife arising out of the marital relationship without terminating the marriage. Unlike an informal separation where married parties live apart, a legal separation will resolve all the same issues to be addressed in a divorce by a court order while keeping the marital relationship status intact. Simply put, the couples retain the status of a married couple while living separate financial and physical lives.

If you would like to learn more about legal separation and whether this is the option for you and your spouse, schedule a consultation by calling me, Stephanie J. Sternke, through an online contact form or by calling 612-568-5967