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Why legal separation may be the right choice for you

It is no secret that ending a relationship is difficult on one's mind, body and soul. Many times a breakup occurs with little warning and the next thing you know, you are headed for divorce court and have barely had time to draw a breath. Divorce feels and is very permanent in most cases and making decisions too quickly can be overwhelming. Mistakes can occur on both sides, which are quite difficult to remedy once the divorce is final.

One way many North Carolina residents choose to approach seemingly relationship-ending marital problems is by legally separating instead of divorcing. This decision gives both spouses time to reflect upon the future of their relationship as well as some of the issues that may make divorce an undesirable solution.

A legal separation addresses the responsibilities and the rights of married couples who have chosen to live apart. To create a legal separation, the spouses must file a written separation agreement with the court. The agreement can include issues like child support and custody, asset division, spousal support and many others.

The reasons why legal separation may be preferable over divorce for some couples include:

-- Time to decide if divorce is the ultimate solution-- Continuing insurance benefits-- Continuing some military benefits-- Continuing to file joint tax returns-- Staying legally married for religious reasons-- Asset protection while living apart-- Easy conversion to a divorce agreement if a couple decides to divorce

A legal separation will not solve all the problems a married couple may face, but for many, the benefits are worth any effort required on the part of both spouses. Please browse our website to learn more about the advantages of a legal separation over a speedy divorce.

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