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When couples hit an uncertain time in their marriage, it's natural for them to part ways. However, not all couples are comfortable with the finality of a divorce. Instead, many of them opt for a legal separation—which provides the same legal partitioning between spouses that divorce offers but retains the marriage itself.
If you believe that you and your spouse are ready to legally separate, then we invite you to contact us here at Kogut & Wilson, L.L.C. Our founders have practiced at two of the city’s most elite family law firms and bring a knowledgeable and insightful approach to divorce and separation matters. Our Chicago divorce lawyers are prepared to advocate for you in the separation process and ensure that you receive the terms you deserve during this uncertain time.
Ready to explore your separation options? Call our offices at (312) 313-1533 today.
Separation vs. Divorce
There is a popular misunderstanding that married couples who have decided to live in separate residences are "legally separated." This is not the case. Legal separations can only be granted by the court and must address almost every aspect of marriage that a divorce does. Property division, spousal support, child custody and support—these are all matters that must be confronted and resolved for a legal separation to be completed and legitimate.
Why do people file for legal separation instead of divorce?
- To retain the option of reconciliation
- To maintain health insurance
- For religious reasons
- Because they have no desire to remarry
Why is legal separation highly advised instead of simply living apart from your spouse? Because living apart does not severe the shared responsibility and burdens between married individuals. For instance, living apart does not protect you from the debt your spouse incurs while you live apart. That debt would be considered part of the marital estate and, in the event of a later divorce or financial issue, you would have to share it.
Still interested in exploring your legal separation options? Our firm is ready to hear from you. Request a free case evaluation with us today.