Legal Separation Attorney
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When a marriage is under siege because of irreconcilable differences, couples often separate prior to filing for divorce; in some states a certain period of separation – usually one year – is required before beginning a divorce proceeding. While there may be hope among some couples that a period of separate living will lead to reflection that brings about reconciliation, most people who separate are eventually headed for a divorce.
In Connecticut, the legal process for legal separation versus a divorce is virtually identical – there still must be a drafting of pleadings, service on your spouse, filing of summons and complaint with the court, process of discovery, a settlement reached (regarding all custody and financial matters) or trial scheduled, and a judgment.
Where a legal separation is not the same as a divorce is in the final outcome. Legally separated couples are not free to remarry under the law. Other obligations, including financial and tax obligations, are also impacted. However, if after the granting of a legal separation a party desires to convert same into a divorce decree, that can be accomplished upon the filing of a motion. However, if you commit to a provision in your legal separation, that may tie your hands later or prejudice your chances of an alternate outcome should you desire a full divorce.
To protect your legal and financial interests, you should consult with a qualified divorce attorney at the outset of what is generally a very difficult time.
Shelton-based attorney Carmina (Tessitore) Hirsch, named a “Super Lawyers Connecticut Rising Star”, represents clients in the Fairfield County and New Haven County divorce and family courts. She can help you identify what is in your best interests when drafting a legal separation agreement that will pass muster with the Court. If she agrees to take your case, she will remain at your side as your advocate throughout the legal separation process to defend and pursue your rights and protect your relationship with your children.