The possibilities of legal separation

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Legal Separation on Tuesday, February 17, 2015.

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, and while many couples across the country were enjoying a romantic outing, some couples may have been struggling with the state of their relationship. Seeing happy couples going about their Valentine’s Day may have helped you truly realize how difficult your marriage has become, and that realization might frighten you. However, you must remember that people change, and there is no shame in admitting that you and your spouse are no longer right for each other.

Still, even if your marriage is causing tension or friction in your life, the prospect of divorce may be unacceptable to you. For whatever personal reasons, it is understandable that a couple may refuse to divorce. Maybe you are afraid that as difficult as life with your spouse is, life alone could be even worse. Whatever the reasons may be, you should know that divorce is not the only option available to couples seeking some time apart.

If you feel that your marriage is no longer working out, but you are not entirely sure that divorce is the right option for you, you might want to consider legal separation. Couples who file for legal separation will determine terms of a separation agreement, which is much like a divorce settlement. A separation agreement may divide property or determine child support, and couples can experience a taste of what life would be like if they were to divorce. However, the couple will not be officially divorced.

A couple that is legally separated could eventually decide that there was more to their marriage than they first thought, or they could decide that the separated life is right for them, and move forward with a divorce. Visit our webpage to learn more about Missouri?s legal separation laws and find out if legal separation is right for you.

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