What Does a Legal Separation Mean?

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Posted March 31, 2016

Many Colorado couples are curious about legal separation. You might have heard this term and you might want to know what goes into becoming legally separated. Is it right for you?

Here's what you should take away from the concept of the legal separation- it's not easier than a divorce. There's no "common law separation." You can't live apart from your spouse for a certain period of time and thus become legally separated.

Instead, you need to follow all the steps that must be followed if you go through a divorce. This means working out financial and child care issues with your spouse, forging a settlement and getting it approved by a judge.

So, why do some couples choose a separation over a divorce? The deciding factor is usually financial. For those who have retirement or other benefit plans that are more generous to married couples, a legal separation might make sense for a period of time.

Of course, it's important to remember that you will still be married under the laws of the state of Colorado. If you want to re-marry, you'll need to get an official divorce.

At Split Simple, we help couples find solutions that are right for their unique situations. We'll walk you through your options and advise you on the best course of action.

If you have questions about legal separation or your other options in Colorado, please call Split Simple today at 855-665-9920 for a free consultation.