The ending of a marriage is a “dissolution of marriage” and is commonly referred to as a divorce. It ends a marriage and allows the parties to marry again; a legal separation does not. In both divorce and legal separation cases, the parties may request orders for child and/or spousal support, custody and visitation, domestic violence restraining orders, etc. Legal separation may be preferable for couples to live apart and not decide all the issues in their case except for some. Legal separation is very uncommon and typically is used to allow one spouse to stay on the other’s insurance, or in certain religious communities.
Please contact The Law Office of Erin M. Wilson LLC for a consultation regarding the legal benefits and concerns of divorce and separation.