Which Should We Get-Separation or Divorce?

Divorce and legal separation are closely related. While these alternatives share many similarities, they are distinct on a fundamental level: while divorce terminates a marriage, allowing both parties to go their own way, legal separation maintains the legal union. It is this small, yet crucial distinction that makes all the difference in deciding which course of action to take.

For most people, a divorce is the better option. Divorce allows both parties to move on and start a new life, in addition to allowing for support agreements, property distribution, and custody rulings. If your marriage is irreparably broken, in most cases you should consider filing for divorce.

There are, however, a few circumstances where legal separation is a better option for a couple. If your religion prohibits divorce, a separation will allow you to secure all the benefits of divorce without officially ending the marriage. Likewise, if you need to take a break in your relationship but are not ready for a divorce, a separation can give you the space you need while leaving the door open for a future reconciliation.

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If you need legal guidance for a divorce or separation, contact our firm to speak with a compassionate Suffolk County divorce lawyer. Our attorney at the Law Office of Lynn Poster-Zimmerman, PC has offered top-quality service to clients for more than 30 years, and we are ready to help you make the best decision for your marriage. Additionally, we can help you protect your rights as you negotiate terms for child custody, alimony, and other important issues. Call our office today to learn more!

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