It is estimated that nearly 2,400 divorces take place every day. As such, it is safe to say that you know a close family member or friend who has been through a divorce. Divorce is not always the best option though, especially if you still rely on your spouse for certain benefits, like health insurance. Today, our Salt Lake City divorce attorneys discuss why legal separation may be a better option for you.
What Are the Benefits of Legal Separation?
A legal separation is also a court-order arrangement. A legally separated couple will live apart and lead separate lives but will remain married. Like a divorce, the couple will still need to determine matters such as child custody, child support, property and asset division, and spousal support. The couple can date other individuals; however, marriage is not allowed unless they decide to get divorced.
In many cases, a couple uncertain about divorce will legally separate to give themselves time to determine if this is the best option for them. Additionally, if the couple wishes to stay married due to certain tax or health insurance benefits, legal separation is the better option for them.
Why Choose Legal Separation Over Divorce?
While separation is not as common as divorce, it can still prove beneficial to certain couples. Here are some reasons why you might choose legal separation over divorce:
- Religious purposes (perhaps your religion does not allow a divorce)
- Insurance reasons (one spouse might not want their health insurance to be affected)
- Personal reasons (you both might want to time to determine if divorce is for you)
- Trial separation (the couple may want to see if they can work on their marriage)
- Tax reasons (it might make more sense to remain married on paper for financial purposes)
How Can a Lawyer From Our Firm Help?
At Nelson, Taylor & Associates PLLC, we believe in helping our clients achieve their goals. Our experienced attorneys provide comprehensive legal services with a compassionate approach.
If you need assistance navigating your separation or divorce, contact us online today.