Legal Separation

Step Back from Your Marriage and Examine Your Options with a Legal Separation

Legal Separation vs. Divorce

When a couple is having serious marital problems, it can be tempting to jump right into a divorce; however, for many couples, a legal separation can be a better option. Legal separation in Washington State allows a married couple to live separately, establish custody of the children, and address many of the other issues required for a divorce, all while remaining legally married.

What are the benefits of a Legal Separation? 

Staying legally married offers some significant benefits. First, it can allow the couple to continue to work toward repairing their marriage. In many cases, a little time apart can truly give each party the space they need to discover solutions to their marital problems. If this occurs, the couple can move back in together and continue with their marriage. 

Another valuable incentive for legal separation vs. divorce is that many types of benefits can remain in place. For example, both parties can stay on a single medical insurance policy since they are still legally married. It can also be much easier to address various financial obligations as a married couple.

How long does a Legal Separation last? 

A legal separation is designed to be a temporary status. At some point it will become necessary to either repair the marriage, or proceed with a divorce. Since the vast majority of the work required for a divorce will have already been completed, in many cases, it can be quite simple to ‘convert’ separation documents into divorce documents. This can streamline the divorce process, saving you time and money.

How to file for Legal Separation?

If you would like to learn more about legal separation in Washington State, or you want to start the process of becoming legally separated, please contact us today. We can set up an appointment for a consultation, or answer any questions you might have.