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Separation Versus Divorce
The largest difference between a separation and a divorce is that, during a separation, a couple is still legally married while a divorce officially ends the marriage. Legal separations are court orders that determine the responsibilities of a couple while they live apart. Separations are generally not a long-term solution, but they are more of a testing period as the couple plans for their future.
During this time, couples are able to either work through issues and end their separation, or resolve to continue with a divorce. When a legal separation occurs, a court determines separation maintenance, child custody, child visitation schedules, property division and other issues that may arise.
How to Get a Divorce
When a married couple decides to divorce, they should each contact a lawyer who will write a legal document called a petition. This document explains why the divorce is wanted and how you want to settle financial responsibilities, child custody and other necessary issues. This petition is then filed with the court and given to the other spouse with a summons requiring them to respond.
Once they are given the petition, the other spouse must answer by saying whether they agree with the terms presented. If the receiving spouse does not agree, he or she must provide an alternative solution. If a settlement or agreement can be reached by both parties, the agreement is presented to a judge. The judge then either accepts or rejects the settlement. If the judge does not agree with the settlement or a settlement cannot be reached, the case will go to trial. When a divorce case is at trial, evidence and arguments are presented from both sides until the case is resolved by the court.
Why Do I Need Representation?
Representation during a divorce is crucial to obtaining your greatest success and happiness in the final resolution. Having a lawyer who understands the process and has experience helping people like you can ensure that your separation or divorce will be handled as smoothly and fairly as possible. If you need separation or divorce assistance, contact the Law Offices of Debra B. Marino, LLC.