Legal Separation

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Separation is the first step to divorce. While many people assume that if they are not yet divorced that they are still married, the truth is that they are already legally separated. This means that they have already begun the process of dissolving the marriage.

A legal separation does not dissolve a marriage, but it does allow married couples to live apart and to begin the process of ending their marriage. A legal separation can be an important step for some couples who are working on their marriage.

About Legal Separation

A legal separation is a way for married couples to live apart while working on ending their marriage. A legal separation is similar to divorce, but without the divorce court orders and the same legal effect.

The most important difference between a legal separation and divorce is that with a legal separation, a couple is not required to divide their property or debts. A couple who is legally separated remains married, but they are not obligated to live together. They can live in separate homes or even separate states.

A couple can be legally separated for a short period of time or for as long as they wish. The only requirement is that they must live separate and apart for the duration of the legal separation.

How Long Is a Legal Separation?

A legal separation does not have a time limit. A couple is legally separated as long as they are not living together. In Texas, a couple can file for legal separation at any time, even if they have been married for only a few weeks or months.

What Is Included in a Legal Separation?

A couple who is working on their marriage can create a legal separation agreement that includes all the details of their separation.

A separation agreement can include details such as:

  • How the couple will divide their property
  • When and how the couple will communicate and make decisions
  • How the couple will pay their bills
  • Custody and parenting time for children
  • How the couple will communicate with each other
  • How the couple will deal with their debts

A couple can also include other details in their separation agreement. A separation agreement is a contract that can include any details the couple wishes to include.

How Can an Attorney Help?

An experienced attorney can help a couple work out the details of their legal separation. A separation agreement is a legally binding contract that can include all the details of a couple's separation.

For more information on legal separation or to schedule an appointment with our Dallas legal separation attorney, contact Epstein Family Law PC online.

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