Legal Separation Lawyer in Phoenix
Is a legal separation right for you?
Are you considering
divorce? Depending on your circumstances, you may be better off starting with
legal separation. While not as conclusive as divorce, separation offers
a number of opportunities that would not otherwise be available to a couple,
and may benefit both parties as they adjust to a life apart from one another.
To learn more about your options in divorce, schedule an initial
consultation with our Phoenix divorce attorney. At Steven N. Cole, LLC, our priority
is providing high-quality service for every client. We work closely with
our clients to ensure that we understand their interests and can protect
them throughout the duration of a case. With
more than 20 years of experience in family law, we are equipped to guide you through the most turbulent
situations to a favorable result.
Contact our firm to start your case with a case assessment.
Legal Requirements for Separation
Separation and divorce, while distinct legal processes, share a large number
of similarities. In fact, the prerequisites for divorce and separation
are all but identical. If you are considering separation, you should be
aware that you and your spouse will have to jump through a number of hoops
to formally begin this next chapter of your relationship.
The requirements for legal separation include the following:
Grounds: The marriage must be irretrievably broken
Residency: One spouse must have been a resident of Arizona for 90 days
Paperwork: A petition must be filed in court to begin the separation process
Property division: Debts, assets, and possessions must be divided between spouses
Family matters: Terms of
spousal support, and
custody must be established
At this level, the primary difference between divorce and separation lies
in the fact that spouses must make a mutual decision to separate. Our
Phoenix family lawyer can help you determine the best course of action
for your marriage and, if advisable, help you take the appropriate steps
to legally validate your separation.
Advantages of Separation Over Divorce
While separation may seem like a termination of your wedding vows, it is
not so decisive. Instead, the process serves as a sort of middle ground
between continuing and ending the marriage. After separating, a couple
can decide to dissolve or resume their marriage, or continue to prolong
their separation. So long as they do not terminate their marriage, a couple
can maintain access to a number of advantages that come with their status
as a married couple.
While separated, a couple can:
- Maintain access to military benefits
- Take advantage of tax deductions
- Work through marital problems
- Avoid violating religious or cultural standards
Of course, depending on your situation, these benefits may not be worth
the trouble of prolonging your marriage. To ensure that you take the best
course of action at this time, do not go without counsel from a divorce
lawyer in Phoenix. Our legal team at Steven N. Cole, LLC is dedicated
to providing the compassionate counsel clients need as they work through
marital difficulty. We understand the stress you are facing and can help
you seek a positive resolution to your situation.
Have more questions?
Contact our office today for a complimentary consultation!