When problems arise between you and your spouse, you have a number of options to address them. Short of filing for divorce, some couples opt for a trial separation. Legal separations operate much like divorces with the exception that at the end you are still legally married. Typically, when couples decide to separate they will have voluntarily come to an agreement on terms including assets and property, support, and custody. This agreement lays the path for divorce, if and when necessary.
Though often more amicable, separation is still legally binding and should only be executed with the help of a Staten Island divorce lawyer. At Casella & Casella LLP we are dedicated to providing you with the thorough legal services you require when undertaking a legal separation.
Whether you are intending to divorce or are hoping to reconcile your issues, our Staten Island family law attorneys can help. We are here to explain the advantages of obtaining a legal separation, can answer all of your questions, and ensure you are aware of your rights. Our firm has more than 60 years of combined experience in the field of divorce and family law, so we can assist you to prepare the documents involved with your separation agreement.
Can I get a Divorce After I have Been Legally Separated?
If, after a year or separation, both parties cannot reconcile and one wants a divorce, it may be filed on the grounds of ”living separate and apart for one or more years pursuant to an agreement of separation.” This means that you or your spouse can convert your separation into a divorce on a more streamlined process and upon the terms you have already laid out in your separation agreement.