Why Many Arizona Couples Choose Legal Separation
There are a lot of reasons why some couples prefer to undergo a legal separation rather than a divorce. Legal separation allows spouses to live apart, but still protects some of their rights and benefits. Some reasons why couples choose legal separation include:
- Time apart: Sometimes couples aren't sure if divorce is the answer, and just need some space to think and decide.
- Social Security benefits: Some of these benefits require that a couple remains married for ten years or more.
- Military benefits: In order to take advantage of some military benefits, the marriage must have lasted at least ten years.
- Religious beliefs: Couples may want to remain legally married while living apart due to the fact that their religious beliefs conflict with divorce.
- A "test run": The separation agreement can be the template for a later divorce settlement.
How Legal Separation in Arizona Works
When you decide to work toward a legal separation in Arizona, many concerns will be addressed and agreed upon, such as:
- Child custody
- Child support
- Division of property
- Division of debts
- Spousal support
Be aware when negotiating the separation agreement that many judges do use this as a template for your later divorce. It is very important to consider the terms of the separation agreement as though they were the terms of a divorce, even if you don't plan on divorcing right away.
Legal separation and divorce in Arizona can be very confusing and emotionally difficult. If you need help preparing for a Maricopa County divorce or legal separation, give the Arizona divorce attorneys at Curry, Pearson & Wooten a call today at 1-888-929-5292. Also, request a free copy of our book, Arizona Family Law - How to Handle Tough Issues in Tough Times.