How Are Divorce And Separation Different?

When a marriage breaks down irrevocably, divorce is the solution most people turn to. But divorce is not for everyone. Some prefer to live apart but keep their marriage legally alive, usually for religious or financial reasons. To do so successfully, it is important that you have the guidance of an experienced family law attorney.

Central Illinois Legal Separation Attorney

Attorney Linda Watson of Watson Law will help you set up a legal separation that preserves your financial and parental rights for the long term. With 20 years of experience in Illinois family law, she and the rest of our legal team will listen carefully as you describe your personal needs and develop a customized plan for negotiating a sustainable separation agreement.

The Facts About Marital Separation

Many people mistakenly believe that a legal separation is less expensive than getting divorced. The fact is, legal separation and divorce cost about the same in Illinois. The only difference is that you remain legally married throughout the time of your separation, which can last the rest of your life if you choose. In addition, the courts cannot allocate property and debts if there is no agreement, only financial flow during the duration of the separation.

Why Separation Instead Of Divorce?

Usually, married people who choose to separate do so for personal reasons, such as:

  • Their religious beliefs
  • One of the spouses has chronic or serious health issues and would not be able to afford health insurance on their own
  • One or both of the spouses needs time to decide if they are ready to end the marriage

Whatever your reasons, we can help if you are considering separation. A successful separation agreement will set healthy boundaries between you and your spouse. We will help you divide up the marital property and set up allocation of parental responsibility, child support and spousal support.

Talk To Us About Your Options

To set up a free consultation with our lawyer, Linda Watson, please call us at 309-733-4395 or toll free at 888-357-4339. We can also be reached online. Our offices are in Peoria, Bloomington and Washington.