Misconception Regarding Legal Separation

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Misconception Regarding Legal Separation

Post  Admin on Mon Sep 21, 2009 4:20 pm

It is a common misconception that some people have that a legal separation is a shortcut to ending a marriage in Arizona. The practical truth is that legal separations can take just as much time, effort and resources as a divorce. That's because they involve pretty much identical issues as divorces --property division, debt division, child custody, visitation, child support, alimony, etc. Legal separations can end up going to a full-on trial, not to mention temporary evidentiary hearings prior to trial. Thus, if you're looking for a shortcut, a legal separation may not be the answer.

Furthermore, legal separations end with you still being officially married. Although everything has been divided up, you remain married, meaning that neither may legally remarry if that special someone comes along. In my experience with legal separations one party or both almost always later decide that they want a full divorce with more paperwork that must be submitted to the court to convert the legal separation to a divorce, resulting in more time and expense.

So, if you want to same time and money, and you know you’re headed for a divorce anyway, just start off filing for the divorce in the first place. If you honestly believe the marriage can be saved and you just need time apart, then a legal separation maybe the best course of action.

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