Divorce Alternatives: Legal Separation
Legal separation or a Separate Maintenance Action is a possible alternative to divorce. A separation is very similar to a divorce in Michigan but at the end of the process, you are still married. If you don’t think you are ready for divorce but still want to separate for some time, you may want to consider a legal separation. Although some states require couples to be legally separated before seeking a divorce, Michigan does not have that requirement.
What Is the Difference Between Divorce and a Judgement of Separate Maintenance?
A Judgment of Separate Maintenance is similar to a divorce, but it does not legally dissolve your marriage. In a separation, like in a divorce, the parties will divide all assets and debts. They will determine spousal and child support and designate child custody and establish parenting time. There are many reasons parties choose a legal separation over a divorce. A couple may still need to remain married for insurance reasons or religious reasons. With a Judgment of Separate Maintenance, couples cannot marry others. If after a period of legal separation in Michigan, the couple decides to divorce, they must start over filing for divorce but their separation plan will provide a good basis for a divorce settlement. For more information, check out our related blog: After Infidelity, Separation Rather than Divorce
Whatever your reason, if you are interested in a legal separation, contact Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates at 248-676-1000. Contact us to schedule a consultation with Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates to discuss whether divorce, legal separation or annulment are right for you.
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