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Legal Separation vs. Divorce: Which Option Is Right for You?

Sometimes, a marriage comes to a point at which the couple has grown so far apart that they no longer feel united. In these cases, the best course of action may be to continue down separate paths. However, formally ending a marriage is a major decision that some individuals may not feel comfortable with.  The guide below explains the differences between legal separation and divorce and the pros and cons of each so that you can determine which …

Legal Separation vs. Divorce

While some people may use the two terms interchangeably, legal separation and divorce are two very different things under the law. If you and your spouse wish to go your separate ways, understanding the differences between divorce and separation can simplify the complex legal process and help you choose the right option for your needs. What Is a Legal Separation? Legal separation is where spouses live separately and have their own assets but remain legally …

Legal Separation vs. Divorce in Colorado

Legal Separation in Colorado A lot of divorcing spouses will casually say, “We are legally separated,” but that is not the case. In reality, the married couple either split up and are living apart (or in separate bedrooms), or one of them hired an attorney, who filed the divorce papers in court. Living apart or filing for divorce is NOT the same as a “legal separation” under Colorado law. In Colorado, married couples who no …

What You Need to Know About Legal Separation

Consult with a Denver Family Attorney – Call 303-799-8155 Legal separation in Colorado is an alternative to divorce or annulment which allows spouses to be declared separate persons for both financial and child custody purposes while still technically remaining married. While the process of legal separation is virtually the same as a divorce, legal separation can be useful for spouses who wish to live separate and apart from each other while still being able to qualify for …

Legal Separation vs Divorce

The Difference Between Separation & Legal Separation Many clients file for divorce after believing they are legally separated from their spouse since, many times, a separating couple will live apart from each other before initiating legal action. However, legal separation is not simply living apart from your spouse, nor is it a stepping stone towards divorce. Instead, it is an option couples have for severing their relationship through the courts. Legal separation, like divorce, is …

What’s the Difference Between a Legal Separation and a Divorce in Colorado?

A question I am often asked is, “what is the difference between a divorce and a legal Separation?” The primary difference is that if you are legally separated, you cannot get remarried. This is because if you’re legally separated, you’re still married to your spouse. Often couples choose a legal separation in lieu of a divorce for one of two reasons. One, the couple’s religious beliefs morally object to getting a divorce. Or two, the …

Being Real About Your Feelings In An Amicable Divorce

Being Real About Your Feelings In An Amicable Divorce Thrown in with the stories of viciously dramatic celebrity divorces are the occasional tales of celebrity couples that had more amicable separations. See how nice they look spending time with their child. Their divorce is better than some couples’ marriages. But the camera doesn’t go home with them. It’s not there to capture the moments alone at the end of the day. When the music has …

Legal Separation In Colorado

Marriage, if it is good, can be really good, but if it is bad, it can be really bad. There comes a time in a lot of marriages, when living away from each other is helpful. Living apart from each other, doesn’t mean that you stop working on your relationship. What is important with this arrangement is that honest communication is continued about what works and what does not work. Reactions to separation can vary …


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