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Legal Separation

When a marriage goes south, it is important to know that divorce is not the only option. In Indiana, a couple may seek legal separation which provides many of the same solutions that divorce offers without ending the marriage.

The main difference between divorce and legal separation is that divorce legally ends the marriage and legal separation does not. Legal separation allows couples to request court orders and address issues related to divorce (like child custody, child support, and asset division) without dissolving the marriage. A legal separation may last for a period of one (1) year, so parties have a year to decide whether they want to reconcile or move forward with divorce proceedings.

There are many reasons a couple may choose a legal separation rather than a divorce. Legal separation allows a married couple to test the waters for a divorce. It also allows a couple to take time apart to see whether reconciling is possible. If you are unsure whether divorce is the right option for you and your partner, legal separation may be the way to go.

If you are considering legal separation or divorce, contact McNeelyLaw today. Call us at 317-825-5110 to talk to an experienced family law attorney who can help navigate you through your case.

This McNeelyLaw LLP publication should not be construed as legal advice or legal opinion of any specific facts or circumstances. The contents are intended for general informational purposes only, and you are urged to consult your own lawyer on any specific legal questions you may have concerning your situation.

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