Legal Separation in Wisconsin
When you and your spouse are considering a divorce but aren’t sure if that’s the right decision, a legal separation may give you the time and space you need to decide how to proceed. Sometimes, you and your spouse need time and distance to make decisions about your marriage. You might be on the brink of a divorce, but you may want to try working things out.
Like divorce, getting a legal separation is a big decision to make. Fortunately, we can help you with that decision. At Karp & Iancu we know that separation can be difficult, so we can help guide you through the process and work with you to make the best decision for you and your spouse.
Divorce vs. Legal Separation
Divorce is a process where you and your spouse split your property, make a custody agreement if children are involved, and formally end your marriage.
Legal separation is different than divorce in that it doesn’t end your marriage. This might be the best option you believe you and your spouse may try and reconcile your marriage. Instead, it changes your legal status, which allows you to act as an unmarried person in certain situations. For example, if you’re separated, you can buy a car, rent a home, or take out a loan as an individual, without your spouse’s involvement.
The Legal Separation Process in Milwaukee
In some cases, seeking out a legal separation can help you and your spouse decide whether you want to proceed with a divorce or reconcile.
A legal separation has an almost identical process to divorce. First, you and your spouse will sign the petition for separation together, or you’ll serve the papers to your spouse. Once you file them with the local court house, you’ll attend any hearings for temporary actions dealing with child custody, bill payments, or use of your home. Once you’ve filed the proper payment, you’ll finish any parenting programs, if children are involved.
Then, you’ll have your final hearing, where your paperwork will be finalized. Here, the court will decide whether to approve your paperwork and grant you a legal separation. After that final paperwork, you and your spouse will officially be legally separated. From there, you and your spouse can be considered legally as unmarried individuals, which gives you the space and the chance to decide whether to reconcile or go through with a divorce.
Speak With One of Our Attorneys Today
When you and your spouse are struggling in your marriage but aren’t certain you’re ready for a divorce, a legal separation may help. You then have the chance to consider your options and decide what’s best for you and your family.
Our attorney’s at Karp & Iancu are on your side to help you through this difficult process and help you make the best decision for you and your family.
If you’re struggling with the separation process, we can help. Contact us for your free consultation today.