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Is a legal separation a good idea if you’re unsure about divorce?

Here’s a great article by Todd Spodek, a top rated NYC Divorce Lawyer. If you have reached a problematic point in your marriage, but are uncertain about proceeding with divorce, you may wonder what options are available to you. One course you can consider taking in many states is a legal separation. You may wonder whether a legal separation is a good idea if you are unsure about divorce.

Reasons for Pursuing a Legal Separation

There are three general reasons why a couple might consider pursuing a legal separation as opposed to a divorce. One reason why people seek a legal separation as opposed to a divorce is based on their religious beliefs

A second reason why people elect a legal separation is because of some important consideration like maintaining insurance coverage. Finally, if a couple truly is uncertain about ending a marriage, but can not cohabitate effectively as husband and wife at this time, legal separation can be an advisable course.

Not All States Have Legal Separation Laws

Before you proceed too far down the road with the idea of pursuing a legal separation, you need to make certain that your state actually has a law permitting this type of proceeding. The best way to understand the laws in your state regarding legal separation is to schedule an initial consultation with a family law lawyer.

The Actual Impact of Legal Separation

At its essence, a legal separation does everything that can happen in a divorce case except actually ending the marriage. In a legal separation, court will enter orders dealing with the distribution of assets and debts as well as establishing child custody, parenting time or visitation, and child support.

There can be hearings before the court to address these issues if you and your spouse cannot reach agreements on these matters. You will have to prepare and file the same types of documents that are necessary for divorce cases.

When One Spouse Wants a Legal Separation and the Other Wants a Divorce

There are situations in which one spouse wants a legal separation and the other spouse desire to divorce. If a spouse files for divorce first, absent an agreement between the parties to convert the case to a legal separation proceeding, a court is highly unlike to entertain one spouse’s desire to proceed with a legal separation.

If a spouse files for legal separation initially, and the other party comes into court seeking a divorce, the court ultimately is likely to approve proceeding with a divorce. This is the case even in states in which irreconcilable differences are grounds for ending a marriage. If one party wants a legal separation because he or she feels a divorce is not inevitable, and the other party thinks divorce is the only alternative, a court is likely to conclude that the parties have irreconcilable differences even on the viability of the marriage itself.

Negotiate a Legal Settlement Agreement

The ideal situation in a legal separation case is when the spouses are able to negotiate a separation agreement between them. Ideally, the parties are able to reach decisions on everything from property and debt to resolving issues associated with the children.

If an agreement can be reached, the parties then present it to the court. Even in a legal separation case, a court must approve the final agreement reached by the parties. When the court approves a legal separation, the judge makes that agreement the order of the court in the case.

The only situations in which a court is unlikely to approve an agreed-to separation agreement is if its terms somehow violates the law or if one spouse coerced or exerted some other type of overreach in getting the other spouse to agree to that agreement.

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Legal separation is a complicated legal matter. In the scheme of things, it really is as complicated as a divorce case. The only step that doesn’t occur in a legal separation case is the formal, legal termination of the marriage itself.

A family law attorney will explain your legal options, including the availability of legal separation.  Legal counsel will also answer any questions that you may have. As a general rule, a family law attorney will not charge a fee for an initial consultation.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
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Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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