There are very often situations in which a couple no longer wants to be married but is against the idea of getting a divorce for any number of reasons. In these cases, the couple may want to consider pursuing a legal separation. When couples legally separate, they will be able to obtain the benefits of marriage but still part ways. In order to legally separate in New York, the couple will have to draft a separation agreement. A separation agreement will generally address all of the same matters that would be addressed in a divorce agreement. These may include child support, child custody, division of assets, spousal support, among other various factors. Sometimes, however, just as they can in divorce, matters such as debt, tax concerns, real estate matters, and pensions can complicate separation agreements.
Some of the benefits of becoming legally separated instead of obtaining a divorce include those related to keeping health insurance, tax filing purposes, leaving the door open for future reconciliation, and being able to be a foster parent. Some people do not become legally separated for these benefits but instead do so because their religious beliefs do not agree with divorce. If you have any questions regarding legal separation in New York State, contact our firm today and we would be more than happy to assist you.
If you require experienced legal representation for any of your divorce and family law matters, contact the Law Offices of Mark S. Paige, P.C. today to schedule a consultation.