While many people believe that marriage is the only way to legally commit to a partner, other options do exist. A legal separation is an option for people who want to end their marriage but do not want to get a divorce.
At Riordan Family Law, we help clients pursue legal separation and divorce options. We understand that these decisions can be difficult and that they can have a significant impact on a person's life. We are committed to guiding you through the legal process and helping you pursue the best possible outcome for your situation.
There is no specific form that must be filled out or document that must be filed in order to pursue a legal separation. However, it is important to establish the terms of your legal separation in some way. This can be done in the form of a document that details your plans for property division, support, and so on, or it can be done verbally with your partner.
It is important to note that a verbal agreement is much less likely to be upheld in court if the parties' situations change (e.g., one party stops working or makes a significant increase in income).
There are a number of benefits to legally separating from your partner, including:
Many people also choose legal separation as a step towards divorce, allowing them to evaluate the viability of their relationship before making a final decision.
If you are considering pursuing a legal separation, it is important to work with an attorney who is familiar with the process. At Riordan Family Law, we understand the details of New Jersey's laws and we are committed to helping you pursue a favorable outcome for your situation.