Portland Legal Separation Attorney
Legal Separation vs. Divorce
When a marriage breaks down, most couples decide to
divorce, a process which legally and completely dissolves the marital union. There
is another option, however, that is less common but may be more beneficial
in certain circumstances. That option is legal separation.
When to Choose Legal Separation
When getting a divorce, all benefits and tax breaks will end once the marriage
is dissolved. Two parties who no longer want to spend their lives together,
but also do not want to give up the legal and financial benefits of marriage
or who have strong convictions against divorce, may instead decide to
pursue a legal separation.
Legal separation allows two parties to live their lives completely separate
from one another (including separate financial accounts) while still receiving
the insurance, retirement, and tax benefits of legal marriage.
Legal Separation as a Divorce "Trial Period"
Once a legal separation has been obtained, generally the parties may convert
the judgment of legal separation to a judgment of dissolution of the marriage
within two years of entry of the judgment of legal separation. Since this
is the case, many couples choose to get a legal separation as a "trial
period" to find out whether they are ready to end their marriage
and live their separate lives. If you are considering legal separation,
do not hesitate to consult a Portland divorce attorney at our firm.
Find Out Whether Legal Separation Is Right for You
Not everyone is ready to get a divorce right away. Likewise, not everyone
wants to get a divorce at all. If you and your spouse are ready to go
your separate ways, but still want to keep the insurance, retirement,
and tax benefits of marriage, we can help you understand the affects and
implications of a legal separation.
Our firm is staffed with attorneys licensed to represent clients in Portland,
Oregon as well as across the river in Vancouver, Washington. Our attorneys
have received numerous recognitions over the years, such inclusion in Oregon
Super Lawyers®. If you are considering legal separation, feel free to browse through
our list of attorneys to find the legal representative best suited for
your case. Or,
contact us and a member of our client services staff can assist you in finding an
attorney and provide more information.