Is Legal Separation Right For You?
Ending a marriage is never easy, even under the best circumstances. But some couples face obstacles — logistical, cultural and financial — that make getting a divorce significantly more difficult or practically impossible. When faced with such obstacles, legal separation can serve as an important alternative to divorce.
Couples who have not lived in Minnesota for the past six months may not be eligible to file for divorce in this state. Instead, they may choose to file for legal separation as a means to divorce. They may later convert their legal separation action into a divorce action.
Other couples may file for a legal separation instead of a divorce because they object to divorce for personal or religious reasons. Still, others choose legal separation to preserve eligibility for financial support or health insurance coverage.
Whatever your reasons, you should speak with an experienced lawyer about all of your options before choosing a course of action.
Formalizing Decisions In A Separation Agreement
You may choose to enter into a separation agreement, which can address issues such as:
- Spousal support (also called alimony)
- Child custody
- Parenting time
- Child support
- Property division
- Payment of marital debts
If you choose not to enter into a separation agreement, the court will determine child custody and parenting time and, as appropriate, order spousal support, child support, and division of marital property and debts.
Contact Us To Learn More
Whether you are looking to file for divorce in the future or you wish to avoid divorce for personal or religious reasons, the skilled attorneys at Oney + Kim Family Law, PLLC, will help you customize a separation agreement that meets your needs and interests. To take advantage of a free initial consultation, call our Eagan office at 612-279-8655 or send us an email.