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What is a legal separation?

20585198_S.jpgThe decision to divorce your partner no matter how long you have been together is a difficult one. If children are involved it can be an even more difficult decision. For some couples a legal separation may be the better option. Where divorce ends a marriage a legal separations does not.

What does a separation agreement look like?

29683456_S.jpgEven though it is fairly simple in theory, legal separation may be a bizarre and confusing concept to some. After all, if it handles many of the same issues as divorce, such as property division, child support and child custody, and in Missouri, where couples must live apart during the waiting period, you may wonder why a couple would seek legal separation instead of simply divorcing.

A separation agreement might be preferable to a divorce

24155312_S.jpgDivorce is not for everyone and there are many reasons that you and your spouse might prefer not to dissolve your marriage. Perhaps you are unsure if the split will be permanent or perhaps the concept of divorce conflicts with your religious beliefs. There could also be financial reasons or even personal preferences that influence your decision.

What can I expect if I file for legal separation?

12896599_S.jpgLegal separation can be confusing, particularly in how it differs from divorce. It may please you to know that there are many ways in which it is the same as divorce, even though couples who file for legal separation stay officially married. However, it's important to know that there is still a legal process behind legal separation; couples are not considered legally separated simply because they haven't been living together for a period of time. You may ask, when should you file for legal separation?

Legal separation is an option for couples facing marital problems

19528230_S.jpgLegal separation can be a confusing topic for some couples, especially in states like Missouri where there is no separation requirement for a divorce filing. However, it's important to remember the "legal" in "legal separation," as this is the primary focus of the separation agreement. What differentiates legal separation from non-legal separation is a separation agreement, which addresses issues such as asset division and child support, much like a divorce agreement.

The differences between legal separation and divorce

8889510_S.jpgAnyone who has been in a long-term relationship knows that it takes effort. It's likely that there is something about your spouse that bothers you, but you work through it because you love each other. Still, as the years go on, it can be difficult to continue tolerating these behaviors, and you may find yourself wondering if perhaps the marriage isn't working out. At the same time, divorce has such a serious and final feel to it that you're left wondering which choice is the right one.

Legal separation is a complex business

12381184_S.jpgThere are many reasons that a marriage may end up not working out, but whatever the reasons, our country currently hosts a very high divorce rate. While it's true that nobody should stay in a marriage that is no longer making them happy, divorce isn't the only option. Couples who feel that their marriage isn't working out can enter into a separation agreement. Legal separation affords couples many of the same options as divorce, including asset division and child custody arrangements.

�The View� co-host files for legal separation

18013695_L.jpgIt's never easy to end a marriage, but couples should not be afraid to admit that a relationship isn't working out. People change, and unforeseen circumstances can affect what was once a happy romance in any number of ways. Of course just because a marriage hits a bump in the road doesn't necessarily mean that an end is imminent. If you are experiencing troubles in your marriage, but don't want to believe that all hope or reconciliation is lost, a legal separation might be just what you need.

TV Host files for legal separation from 11 year marriage

18846292_S.jpgCouples facing reconcilable differences may be able to find solace through legal separation filings. Divorce is the go-to option for couples who see no way to salvage their marriage, but legal separations can be used in instances where a couple is unsure of their marriage's future, but do not believe that all hope is lost. In a legal separation, couples remain legally married, but they are essentially living individually with their lives and their assets as their own.

Disputes over property in Olympian's divorce proceedings

14244744_S.jpgNot all relationships go according to plan, and when things don't work out it's often best to start again. This does not always mean divorce, however, and some couples may simply choose to separate. Whatever their decision, Missouri separation laws require couples to live apart for a fixed period of time after they have filed for divorce. Unfortunately, some separations come with disputes, as has been the case with one high-profile split in recent weeks.

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