Legal Separation Attorney in Phoenix

Arizona residents who no longer wish to remain married have two options available to them, divorce and legal separation. In some cases, an Arizona legal separation is the beginning of the path towards divorce and in other cases, it is the only legal remedy a couple may seek. It may not seem clear why people opt for legal separation versus a divorce but there are some very specific reasons for this action.

Phoenix Family Law Attorney explains legal separation

When a couple decides on a legal separation, there can be a number of reasons for the action. In some cases, the couple is hoping to salvage their marriage or they are hoping to get to a position where they can agree on the terms of a divorce. However, there are some instances where a legal separation may be the only step they take for personal reasons including:

  • Religious beliefs – there are still many faiths who will ex-communicate members of their church if they file for divorce from their spouse. When one partner or both partners are true to their faith, they may see a divorce as a betrayal of that faith. Additionally, those who have deep religious convictions and strong ties to their church community may be shunned at a time when they desperately need emotional support
  • Immigration matters – when one partner immigrated to the United States to marry another partner, there may be legal ramifications to divorcing. Oftentimes, there are limits on the amount of time the partners must remain married in order for the person to remain in the country
  • Other matters – there are other reasons for legal separation including division of marital property issues, one partner going into debt and health reasons. Some partners feel given time they can reach a mutual agreement over these matters before filing for divorce

Generally when a couple files for an Arizona legal separation, many of the same issues they would deal with in a divorce must be dealt with including property divisionchild custody and support payments. Oftentimes, an Arizona legal separation that is temporary gives the partners time to work out issues that they simply cannot agree on.

If you and your spouse are uncertain about the future of your marriage, contact Cosmas Onyia, P.C. and discuss your options for a legal separation. This may be a temporary or permanent solution depending on your specific needs. I can also work with you to ensure that your rights to property are protected, that you get support payments if feasible and work with you to help ensure any children get the financial support they are entitled to. You do not have to navigate legal separation on your own, as a Phoenix family law attorney I am here to help.