Legal separation actions are fairly uncommon. In some instances, however, legal separations are beneficial alternatives to divorce actions. As part of a legal separation, the court still enters orders affecting finances and property, child support, and parenting.
McKinley Irvin's experienced Washington divorce and legal separation lawyers can assist you with formulating and executing the best course of action in these circumstances.
What is Legal Separation?
Legal separation actions deal with the same issues that couples attempt to resolve in a divorce, such as child custody and parenting plan issues, child support, property and debt distribution, and spousal maintenance. The major difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that the parties remain legally married.
Couples who enter into legal separation agreements can remain separated indefinitely, or if they choose, can request the separation be converted into a decree of divorce. The only stipulation for converting a decree of separation into a decree of divorce in Washington is that six months must pass from the court's entry of the separation decree. Once the divorce decree is entered, the marriage will be dissolved.