Legal Separation & Divorce in Long Island
Get Advice from a Nassau County Divorce Attorney
Couples considering divorce are often asked to first think about a trial
separation where the parties live apart while remaining technically married.
A legal separation is a court order which regulates the rights and duties
of each spouse while they live apart and can be helpful for couples as
they attempt to work through personal or financial issues. If you have
thought about divorce and need legal advice, a Long Island family law
attorney can provide the counsel you need to make the best decision.
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What is a separation agreement?
Much like a divorce, for a legal separation, the court will need to decide
on several key issues of your separation. The terms of the separation
can be made permanent if the couple wishes to formally divorce later on.
Issues to be decided by the court include:
One benefit of legal separation is that it allows for the spouses to see
how living apart affects their marriage. It should be noted that in New
York, couples that live apart for at least one year is recognized by the
state as grounds for divorce.
Understand the Benefits of a Separation
The main difference between separation and divorce is that the former is
not a distinct legal rupture and end of the marriage. The separation agreement
can be used in a later divorce settlement but this is up to the spouses
if they desire to be reconciled.
Another benefit of separation is that those benefits which would end for
one spouse in a divorce such as health care coverage are not lost during
a separation. A spouse can still be eligible for certain Social Security
benefits while separated.
When you need help decided if a legal separation is the right move, speak
with a trained Long Island divorce lawyer from The Virdone Law Firm, P.C.
for critical advice.
The firm can help you decide which choice is best for you during your free
call the Long Island divorce firm today!