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We Assist with Legal Separation in Frisco and Eagle County, CO

Legal separation is a better option than divorce for some spouses. We’ll explain the pros and cons and help you to make the right decision for your family.

If you believe your marriage can no longer work, you can opt for either divorce or legal separation. If you’re not sure what is a legal separation, you’re not alone. As our family law attorney will explain, it is a process by which a married couple formalizes their decision to live apart. The legal separation is granted through a court order. Under a legal separation agreement, the couple continues to be legally married.


Legal separation can be a good option for individuals who don’t want to go through a divorce for moral or religious reasons or who aren’t sure they’re ready for divorce. It isn’t always a precursor to divorce and it is recognized as a separate status. An attorney from Carlson, Edwards, and O’Connor will explain exactly how to get a legal separation.

    

Legal Separation vs Divorce: What You Need to Know

Many people wonder about the significance of legal separation vs divorce. It’s important to note that under Colorado’s laws, filing for divorce or living apart is not the same as getting legally separated. However, both legal separation and divorce involve many of the same issues such as child custody and support, spousal maintenance, and property and debt division. If the couple can’t agree on how these should be split, the court will decide.


However, a key difference between divorce and legal separation is that legally separated spouses can’t remarry. They are still legally married so for either party to get remarried, they would have to convert their separation to a divorce. One of the benefits of legal separation is that unless there’s a prenuptial agreement saying otherwise, legally separated spouses maintain their inheritance rights.

There are a number of reasons why people opt for legal separation vs divorce including:

  • Divorce has a stigma attached to their religious or social group.
  • One spouse is ill or disabled and needs to remain on the other’s health insurance.
  • The couple wants to enjoy the federal tax benefits extended to married couples.
  • The couple wants to keep employment-related or military benefits which would be lost in a divorce.

A lawyer who specializes in family law can explain all the differences between divorce and separation and they can help the spouses make an informed decision.

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Contact a Legal Separation Lawyer at Carlson, Edwards, and O'Connor

It is not mandatory that you hire a legal separation lawyer if you want to go through the separation process.  However, the laws and rules can change from time to time so it is best to discuss your case with an experienced legal separation attorney. In addition, emotions can run high throughout the process and most people benefit from the help of an objective third party.


Whether you have already decided on separation or you’re confused after searching online for “how do you get a legal separation?”, please contact our specialists in Frisco, Edwards, and Eagle County, CO. Our legal separation lawyer is ready to represent your interests. To find out more about how we can help you, call us and sign up for a confidential consultation. If you need help with other family law matters like property division, child support, child custody or spousal maintenance, check out the relevant pages on our website.

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Get in Touch with Our High Country Law Firm Today!

If you have legal issues or questions, call us today. Our attorneys provide consultations to inform you about the law and will explain what we can do for you, if you decide you need an attorney to assist with your case.
970-668-1678

Summit County Office

975 North Ten Mile Drive
Frisco, CO 80443

Eagle County Office

56 Edwards Village Blvd. Unit 121, Suite 1
Edwards, CO 81632