Difference between legal separation and divorce

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Published on March 5, 2014

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Few people know the difference between legal separation and divorce. The reality of the situation is that there are some distinct differences between the two options.

The Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce Nobody wants to admit that their marriage has reached an end or they need to spend some time apart from their significant other. Everyone knows what divorce means. It’s the complete dissolution of a marriage. Few people know the difference between legal separation and divorce. One would think that they’re the same thing because when a divorce is finalized, both parties are separated legally. The reality of the situation is that there are some distinct differences between the two options. Two people who get legally separated want to work it out. They need to have some time apart. Periods of legal separation can be lengthy before they lead to divorce. People don’t have to get legally separated. That’s just a decision they decide to make. Recognizing the One Similarity Legal separation and divorce have one important thing in common. In both of these instances, you will work out some sort of agreement that outlines division of assets and debts, child custody and support, visitation schedules and spousal support. Divorce is a very permanent decision. Separation provides both sides with the opportunity to think the situation through. When children are involved, it’s important that everyone takes a step back from the predicament. Emotions are running hot and everyone wants to make selfish decisions right now. If they took a little time, they would realize that you have to look at it in a different way. The agreement that you work out has to be negotiated in the most fair and professional fashion possible. Your separation agreement should be a preliminary version of what you plan to outline in your divorce. Consulting with the Best Negotiator The services of a Tacoma divorce lawyer will come in handy when you’re working out your separation or divorce agreement. People who are aiming towards a separation might feel reluctant to hire a divorce attorney. These legal professionals can do more than work towards completing a divorce for a couple that’s on the rocks. They can also act as mediators in a situation where the two sides don’t want to have anything to do with each other. Separations and divorces can be completed without getting lawyers involved. Lawyers are brought in because one side wants something that the other side isn’t giving them. They bring in the attorneys to fight for their rights in this situation.

Making an Effort to Reconcile Whether you’re considering divorce or separation, you should make an effort to overcome your problems as a couple before you take either option. Some couples have done so much damage to their relationship that they have reached the point of no return. This is why couples have to work on their relationship throughout its lifespan. We all like to think that there’s nothing going wrong because we have a fear of confrontation. We know that if we bring up the sore subjects, it will lead to conflicts that will create more significant problems later on. If we solved these issues when they popped up, we would save ourselves from all sorts of grief later on. Photo Credit: Sharyn Morrow, SalFalko

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