Separation vs. Divorce: Which One Should You Choose?

Are you having marital problems and considering separation or divorce? It's a tough decision to make, but one that can have a significant impact on your life. In this blog post, we will discuss the differences between separation and divorce and help you decide which one is the best option for you.

What is Separation?

Separation is a legal agreement between married couples to live apart from each other. It's a trial period to see if the couple can work out their differences and save their marriage. During separation, the couple is still legally married, but they live separately and have separate finances.

What is Divorce?

Divorce is the legal termination of a marriage. It's a permanent solution to marital problems and ends the legal relationship between the couple. After a divorce, both parties are free to remarry and start a new life.

Factors to Consider

When deciding between separation and divorce, there are several factors to consider:

  1. Finances: Separation can be less expensive than divorce since there are no legal fees or court costs. However, it can also be more costly since you'll be living in two separate households. Divorce can be expensive, but it can also provide a clean break and a fresh start.
  2. Children: If you have children, separation can be a good option since it allows you to work out custody and visitation arrangements without disrupting their lives. However, divorce can provide a more permanent solution and a clear custody agreement.
  3. Emotional State: Separation can be less emotionally taxing than divorce since it leaves the door open for reconciliation. However, divorce can provide closure and allow you to move on with your life.
  4. Time: Separation can be a temporary solution that allows you to work on your marriage. However, if you're unsure about the future of your marriage, divorce may be the best option since it provides a final resolution.

Deciding between separation and divorce is a personal decision that should be made after careful consideration of the factors involved. If you're unsure which option is best for you, it's important to seek the advice of a family law attorney.

At Lavinsky Law, we can help you navigate this difficult decision and provide you with the support you need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.