Legal separation is an alternative to divorce that is available in Illinois, but is rarely used. Essentially, it allows you to accomplish many of the same things as a divorce, while still remaining married to your spouse. Property may be divided. Child custody arrangements may be made. Support payments may even be involved.
There are a few reasons why someone would choose legal separation instead of divorce. Because the marriage is not dissolved in a legal separation, one spouse may remain covered by the other spouse's health insurance. People often choose legal separation for religious reasons as well. If divorce goes against your faith, a legal separation will allow you to sort out important matters and reach agreements with your spouse.
Is Legal Separation The Right Option For You?
When considering legal separation, it is important that you work with an experienced lawyer who can help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the available options. For example, if your concern is health insurance, you should be educated about divorce options that include pursuing a higher split of the marital property and spousal support to ensure you have the money you need to cover medical costs.
At Rinella and Rinella, Ltd., in Chicago, we have more than 100 years of combined experience. We know the full range of options available in any situation, so you can be confident that, whether you ultimately choose legal separation, divorce or something else entirely, it will be the right fit for you and your family. If you choose legal separation, we are available if you need to convert it to a divorce further down the road.
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At Rinella and Rinella, Ltd., our attorneys are committed to helping you make the choices that are right for you. We can be reached online or by calling 800-699-5181.