If you need separation advice, the following information can help.Many people wonder why they should go through the hassle of getting a legal separation instead of just agreeing to live apart.One of the main reasons to get a legal separation is to protect your interests until you either divorce or get back together.
A separation agreement can outline where you and the children will live, address temporary support and visitation schedules, and determine how the assets will be split, bills paid, and mail handled.
A legal separation can also help protect you from being held responsible for your spouse's debt, liabilities, and taxes after the date of separation.
Unfortunately, not all states recognize a legal separation.
These states include Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
But, you can file for temporary orders when you file for divorce as a way to protect yourself until your divorce is finalized.
The FAQs below can help answer your questions about legally separating.Brette's Answer: Legal separation is not available in every state, so you will need to check to see if it is an option in yours. Some people use it as a way to try out what divorce feels like.In a legal separation you basically do everything involved in a divorce, except at the end you remain married in name only. Others use it because they don't believe in divorce or aren't ready. Caitlin's Question: I am married to an UK resident, and we have never actually lived together.We have decided to end our relationship and I am not sure if we are separated or not.Also what other issues may arise with him not being in the country?Brette: You'll have to have him served which could be complicated.