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Should I Separate Or Divorce?


Entering a marriage, the expectation is the union will last. But there are times when a couple finds themselves in a situation where they are both unhappy or the marriage is damaged. At that point, divorce may be considered. But, if the two individuals want to have the possibility of a reconciliation, they may choose to separate.

To assess if separation or divorce is best for you, discuss your situation with a Bucks County family attorney. A lawyer can let you know what to expect should you choose to divorce and how to protect yourself and your assets during a separation.

Deciding to Live Apart and Still Enjoy Financial Marital Benefits

There are times when it makes more sense for a couple to separate but not divorce. After all, married couples enjoy certain financial benefits. If it is in their best interests and they agree to certain terms, a couple that is unable to enjoy living together may choose to maintain their quality of life but reside in different households and live separate lives.

Some also decide to separate when they aren’t sure if they are ready for a divorce but know they need a change. A separation gives each individual time to assess what they want and need for their own future.

Sometimes, reuniting is possible. Possibly if both people are willing to go to marriage counseling and work through problems and resolve arguments. In other situations, counseling illuminates that disputes are not resolvable. Then, divorce could follow the separation and the time can be useful in providing time and space needed to prepare for divorce.

Of course, there are times when a couple separates and life changes follow. For example, maybe one of the people meets another romantic partner and they decide they would like to marry. Then, a divorce from the first union would be required.

Talk Through Your Options with an Experienced Attorney

It is important to protect yourself when navigating a separation or divorce. Talk to a Bucks County family attorney about legal issues to be sure you are taking the right steps. When there are children in the family, custody schedules will need to be understood and followed. Also, if there are high assets or one party is the primary income producer, how assets and expenses will be taken care of needs to be assessed and outlined.

Both separation and divorce are major decisions that can have an impact on all aspects of your life. Do not assume your best interests are being taken care of, connect with a professional before signing any paperwork or agreeing to terms you do not fully understand.

Will you be separating but are unsure of how to legally handle the divorce process? A skilled lawyer has the experience to secure the future you are seeking. The family law attorneys at Kardos, Rickles & Hand help. Our dedicated legal team understands the finer points of family law. There are opportunities to create the life you want. Schedule your consultation today, call 215-968-6602.

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