Legal Separation Lawyer in Jacksonville, FL

Legal Separation vs. Divorce

Legal separation is a legally binding status that separates you and your spouse while still legally married. It is not the same as divorce, which ends the marriage and legally separates you from your spouse. There are several reasons why someone may choose to legally separate from their spouse instead of going through a divorce. Some of these reasons include religious beliefs, financial reasons, or the desire to protect certain assets while the couple remains legally married.

For a free consultation about legal separation in Jacksonville, contact our office at (904) 395-2044 or contact us online.

Jacksonville Legal Separation Process

During a legal separation, the couple is still considered married, and as a result, the same legal protections that apply to married couples also apply to legally separated couples. However, there are some legal protections that do not apply to legally separated couples, such as child custody, child support, and alimony. Legally separated couples may also continue to share a residence, and in some cases, continue to have sexual relations. If you and your spouse are considering legal separation in Jacksonville, it is important to understand the legal protections and restrictions that apply to legally separated couples, as well as the legal steps you must take to legally separate from your spouse.

Legal Protections for Legally Separated Couples

During a legal separation, legally separated couples are still considered married and as a result, they are entitled to the same legal protections as married couples. Some of these legal protections include:

  • The right to file taxes as married individuals
  • The right to make medical decisions on behalf of your spouse if they become incapacitated
  • The right to inherit property from your spouse if they die

Financial Issues During Legal Separation

One of the most important financial issues that legally separated couples must consider is how to divide assets and debts during a legal separation. If you are legally separated, you and your spouse are still legally married, and as a result, many of the same financial protections apply to legally separated couples as apply to married couples. For example, legally separated couples are still entitled to the same protections regarding the division of assets if one spouse dies, becomes incapacitated, or commits a crime. However, legally separated couples are not legally obligated to share a joint bank account or pay each other alimony. Therefore, it is important to understand the financial protections that apply to legally separated couples and how to protect your assets during a legal separation.

The best way to protect your assets during a legal separation is to consult with a Jacksonville family law attorney. An attorney can help you protect your assets during a legal separation by creating legal documents that protect your assets and ensure that your spouse cannot access your assets during a legal separation. For example, an attorney can create a legal document called a "pre-marital agreement" that specifies how assets will be divided if you and your spouse separate. This document can also specify how alimony will be paid if your spouse is obligated to pay alimony. An attorney can also create a "post-marital agreement" that specifies how assets will be divided if you and your spouse divorce. This document can also specify how alimony will be paid if your spouse is obligated to pay alimony.

Couples Who May Benefit From Legal Separation

There are several reasons why couples may benefit from legal separation instead of divorce. Some of the reasons include:

  • Religious beliefs - Some religions do not allow divorces and may only allow legal separation.
  • Financial reasons - Legal separation may be a more affordable option for couples that cannot afford to divide their assets and debts during a divorce.
  • Protecting certain assets - Some couples may wish to legally separate from their spouse without dividing certain assets that are important to them, such as a family business, a home, or a retirement account.

Call Our Jacksonville Legal Separation Lawyer

Legal separation is a legally binding status that separates you and your spouse while still legally married. It is not the same as divorce, which ends the marriage and legally separates you from your spouse. During a legal separation, the couple is still considered married, and as a result, the same legal protections that apply to married couples also apply to legally separated couples. However, there are some legal protections that do not apply to legally separated couples, such as child custody, child support, and alimony. Legally separated couples may also continue to share a residence, and in some cases, continue to have sexual relations. If you and your spouse are considering legal separation in Jacksonville, it is important to understand the legal protections and restrictions that apply to legally separated couples, as well as the legal steps you must take to legally separate from your spouse.

For a free consultation about legal separation in Jacksonville, contact our office at (904) 395-2044 or contact us online.

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