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Which is the Right Choice for Me?

Deciding whether a divorce is the best and only option you have is a tough decision, especially if there is a slight chance the marriage can be salvaged and thrive. If you want to take some time away from your spouse for an indeterminate period of time to determine if divorce is the right choice, legal separation is a recognized option in Missouri. Similar to divorce, you’ll have to negotiate spousal support, division of property, child custody, visitation and child support as well.

Only you and your spouse can decide whether a legal separation or a divorce is the appropriate choice. Both options present their own set of advantages based on the circumstances of your marriage. If you can’t decide, our firm is dedicated to helping our clients determine which is the best option is for them. The goal of our St. Charles legal separation attorneys is to make sure you’re well on your way toward happiness.

The Key Differences Between Legal Separation vs. Divorce

The major contrast between legal separation and divorce is that when you are separated, you remain legally married to your spouse despite living apart from one another. If you establish to follow through with the divorce proceedings, you’ll have to take the necessary legal steps to end your marriage.

The valid reasons why couples choose to legally separate but stay married include:

  • You and your spouse understand there is a possibility you may reconcile after you’ve had time apart from one another
  • The less stressful option
  • Oppose divorce for religious and moral reasons
  • One spouse is almost eligible for the other spouse’s government benefits
  • One spouse will continue to be eligible for the other spouse’s medical and insurance benefits

It’s imperative to read the other spouse’s benefits carefully. Some benefits might exclude legally separated spouses from eligibility.

Seek Legal Representation from Our St. Charles Divorce Attorney

At Smith Law Offices, LLC, we have over 25 years of collective legal experience and we’ve successfully handled a multitude of cases just like yours. Our St. Charles legal separation lawyers are dedicated to navigating through the complexities of the legal system and handling your case in a personalized, unique manner.

For more information about legal separation or divorce, call our St. Charles legal separation lawyers at (636) 400-1177 for a free case evaluation today.

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