Legal separation vs. divorce - what's the difference?
A legal separation in Arizona is very similar to a divorce in that the court will issue final orders regarding the division of debts and assets, parenting time, child support and spousal maintenance. Any and all community property law rights and obligations that previously existed between the parties involved will be terminated at the time the legal separation is ordered.
The most significant difference between a divorce and a legal separation is that the parties involved are not legally restored to the status of single persons, meaning they cannot remarry. Either party can file to convert the legal separation to a divorce at any time before or after the court issues the final decree of legal separation.
Couples choose to separate rather than divorce for several reasons. They may need to remain married for religious reasons, or one spouse may need to remain legally married for immigration purposes.
The representation you need
Similar to divorce, the legal separation process can raise a number of questions and concerns. It's extremely important to discuss the specifics of your case with a family attorney who knows Arizona law and is familiar with the courts.
Separations can be at least as complex as divorces, and our team can help you negotiate this delicate situation. Our tax attorneys, business attorneys and other legal professionals will work with Brad to create a comprehensive plan as you and your spouse move toward separate lives.
Contact us online or call 480-378-9000 to find out how attorney Brad Crider can help with your legal separation.