If You Separate, Are You Headed for Divorce?
Separation is often a natural first step before a divorce. However, this leaves people wondering if separation always leads to divorce or if taking some time apart can actually be just what you and your spouse need to get back on track. Here are some important things to understand about separation and divorce and how they can be related.
Why Couples Separate First Before Divorcing
If a couple is on the rocks, they may consider legal separation before a divorce for a number of reasons. These reasons include, but are not limited to:
- Simply needing space and time to clear one’s head outside of a difficult marital situation
- A desire to protect children from divorce and give them time to adjust to the separation of the parents
- The need to keep certain marital benefits intact, such as shared loans and health insurance
Your reasons for desiring a separation before considering a divorce will likely be different than other couples. Remember, your situation is unique and no two marriages or divorces are exactly the same.
The Majority of Couples Who Do Separate End Up Divorcing
Research completed by Ohio State University supported the notion that the vast majority of trial separations and legal separations ended in divorce. 79% of couples studied divorced later on. Of the 21% of couples who reconciled, they divorced within three years of the original separation. The study showed that after three years, none of the separated couples got back together. The couples either divorced or continued their separation for a number of years.
Consider Consulting With a Divorce Lawyer Sooner Rather Than Later
If you and your spouse have been discussing a legal separation or a divorce, it’s important that you have someone on your side who is concerned with only your best interests and can provide you with sound advice on how you should proceed. Many people mistakenly assume that they do not need a divorce attorney until they are actually ready to divorce, but a legal separation involves many of the same negotiations, including how to share child custody or divide some of the marital assets.
At the Law Offices of Barbara E. McNamara, we can provide you with the compassionate support you need as you move through this challenging time in your life. Contact us today for a consultation to learn more about legal separations, divorce, and what your options are. Call now at (714) 740-2542.
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