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When a Marriage Is Over

Posted on May 22nd, 2019 by Oddo & Babat, P.C.

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It can be an emotional chapter in a person’s life when their marriage seems to be at an end. It can also be scary as their life may be on the precipice of drastic changes, the details of which may be completely unknown. When a marriage is over, even if a reconciliation is later possible, it can affect nearly every aspect of an individual’s life. Because marriage is a legal institution, dissolving the marriage requires undergoing a legal process. Without the assistance of an experienced family law attorney, most people are not able to complete this process on their own. Alternately, the divorce may be granted but the other spouse who hired a family law attorney takes full advantage of the spouse who did not have legal counsel. Everyone’s situation is unique, however, a family law attorney during a free consultation to learn how we might be able to help you.

When a marriage no longer works, there are many things to consider. This includes whether or not it is best to proceed immediately to divorce proceedings or else choose another option. A family law attorney can further explain any of the following, and address your concerns.

Legal Separation or Divorce?

There are many advantages to pursuing a legal separation rather than getting a divorce. A legal separation is recognized by the courts as opposed to a married couple who simply lives apart. And yet, a legal separation may allow the non-earning spouse to qualify for health benefits on the other spouse’s healthcare plan. In addition, if the couple reconciles, a legal separation is usually faster and cheaper to dissolve than undergoing a divorce and then remarrying. Talk to a family law attorney about the pros and cons of each option.

Potential Matters of Concern

When a marriage seems to be at an end, there are several matters to consider. This includes:

·         Finding an experienced and skilled family law attorney may be necessary in order to protect your rights. Though you and your spouse may currently be on good terms, it is subject to change. This is more common than not, especially later in the process when contentious issues must be resolved, such as financial support.

·         If you choose to live apart, one or both of you must determine where you will live, the costs of the move as well as the new living arrangement costs. If there are children, depending on their ages, the Court may insist that they have their own bedroom or bedrooms, and this can complicate finding a suitable new home.  

·         When minor aged or adult special needs children are involved, child custody arrangements must be made, even for a legal separation. This is often a difficult matter to resolve without the assistance of a family law attorney. Not only can our family law attorney assist you with the process of coming to an agreement, we can prepare and submit the necessary legal documentation that the court requires.

·         Spousal support or financial support may need to be part of the legal separation or divorce agreement. However, this is not true in every case. A family law attorney can review the details of your situation to determine if this will be relevant in your situation.



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