Many clients have questions regarding legal separation as an alternative to divorce. If you and your spouse are uncertain about getting a divorce, you may want to consider a trial separation to decide whether a divorce is the right decision. Sometimes having time and space to consider what life will be like following a divorce will provide you and your spouse the clarity you need to decide.
If you are considering a separation of more than a few months, it is very important to protect yourself financially. It is advisable to consult with an experienced divorce lawyer to draft a legally binding separation agreement to include provisions for:
- spousal support or alimony
- child support
- parenting time arrangements
- how the house, car or other property will be used and kept by each spouse during the separation period
- how expenses and debts will be paid during the period of separation
A legal separation agreement addressing these issues and more is absolutely in your best interests to avoid financial problems in the future should you divorce.
If you and your spouse decide to remain married, you may dismiss the legal separation. However, if you or your spouse want to divorce, you may convert the legal separation into a divorce with the help of an experienced divorce lawyer.
Can I Get an Annulment Instead of a Divorce?
An annulment is different from a legal separation and a divorce as it is a determination by the court voiding the marriage as if it never existed. A marriage can be voided only under certain circumstances. An experienced divorce lawyer can help you determine if an annulment is an option for you.
Contact Our Libertyville Illinois Divorce Lawyers for Help Today
Whether you decide to divorce, obtain a legal separation or annulment, it is important to seek the help of a knowledgeable divorce attorney to protect your interests. Contact the Libertyville, Illinois Family Law attorneys of Schlesinger & Strauss LLC for assistance today at 847-680-4970.