Lombard Legal Separation Attorneys
Legal Separation Lawyers Serving Villa Park, Addison, and Glen Ellyn
One of the most difficult and emotionally trying decisions a couple can make is to divorce. When spouses have serious disagreements and want to split up for a while without dissolving the marriage, legal separation may be a good alternative. Couples who are legally separated can accomplish many of the same objectives of a divorce while leaving open the possibility of future reconciliation. If you and your spouse are facing marital difficulties, it is important to speak with an experienced family law attorney to review your options.
At Mevorah Law Offices LLC, we have several decades of experience providing skilled representation for all types of divorce and family law matters. Our award-winning lawyers have in-depth knowledge of even the most complicated divorces involving property and asset division, bankruptcy, tax consequences, arranged marriages, special needs children, and other similarly complex issues. We understand the difficulty many couples have in dissolving a marriage and dealing with all related issues. Our attorneys are honest, compassionate, and down to earth, and we take the time to understand the specific needs of our clients and provide the most practical and effective solutions. For some couples, legal separation could be the best way to address their immediate issues while leaving future options open.
Legal Separation vs. Divorce
Couples may choose legal separation for a number of reasons. Some might not want to dissolve the marriage for religious or cultural reasons. Others may want to keep certain tax benefits, health insurance, government assistance, or other financial advantages.
Legal separation is a court proceeding similar to divorce in which many of the same issues can be addressed. These include:
- Alimony/spousal maintenance
- Child support
- Allocation of parental responsibilities (child custody)
- Parenting time (visitation)
Unlike a divorce, a legal separation proceeding does not deal with division of property and assets unless the parties have agreed to it in advance. Another major difference is that although the spouses live apart and manage their own finances and affairs, because the marriage is not officially dissolved, neither spouse is allowed to remarry. Following a judgment of legal separation, either spouse may file a petition for divorce at any time. However, many of the decisions made during legal separation may be incorporated into the final divorce decree, and this may reduce the amount of conflict involved in legally and finally dissolving the marriage.
If you and your spouse are having difficulties, but you are unsure if divorce is the answer, contact our office today at 630-932-9100630-932-9100 for a free consultation with one of our attorneys. We will sit down with you to thoroughly discuss your situation and advise you on your rights and options, and if you are unable to meet during normal business hours, you may take advantage of our extended evening and weekend hours to accommodate your busy schedule. We have five convenient offices to serve you, including Lombard, Bloomingdale, St. Charles, Naperville, and Chicago.