What are the best alternatives to divorce?
Not everyone is prepared to get a divorce when their marriage breaks down. In the state of Colorado, many couples choose to pursue legal separation instead, which still maintains the legal bond of marriage while allowing the two parties to live separate lives, both physically and financially.
Legal separation requires a process that is very similar to marriage dissolution (see C.R.S. 14-10-106), which means that you will need the counsel of a knowledgeable family law attorney. Fourth Street Law, LLC can provide the guidance and representation you need.
What is the difference between legal separation and divorce?
Legal separation does not end a marriage. Instead, it allows the two spouses to live separately and maintain separate finances. This means that legally separated individuals cannot remarry until they get a divorce, which ends a marriage altogether. Legal separation also allows individuals to keep their inheritance rights that require the heir to be married.
Legal separation may also allow individuals to keep insurance and retirement benefits, although this is very rare. For many, legal separation is pursued so that the two parties can live separately until they achieve the 10-year requirement for Social Security retirement benefits, which would not be possible if the couple divorced before the required 10 years had passed. Legal separation also serves as an easier transition into an eventual divorce for many couples who are not certain that divorce is the best option for their situation.
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To learn more about legal separation and divorce, our helpful legal team can assist you with determining which option is best for you. We know the laws and always keep our client's best interests in mind as we handle a case. You can also have direct access to your attorney from start to finish, so you can be sure of receiving personal attention and counsel. Call for your initial consultation today!
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