Ask a Divorce Lawyer: Will insurance cover my wife during a legal separation?

Question: My wife and I are considering legal separation but we are unclear as to the time limit in the state of Tennessee. Is it only for a year or can it be longer? 

Because of a heart condition, she is considered uninsurable and needs to stay on my insurance. Is legal separation our only option?







I do not practice in Tennessee.  Because your question is regarding a specific state’s statutes, you need to contact an attorney licensed in Tennessee.  Cordell & Cordell has attorneys licensed and located in Tennessee who would be happy to explore your options with you.

I do have to caution you that many insurance companies are treating legal separation like a divorce.  Many insurance companies are dropping the spouse after learning of the legal separation.  You should contact your insurance company to ensure that they will continue coverage despite a legal separation. 


Erica Christian is an Associate Attorney in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin, office of Cordell & Cordell, P.C. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Wisconsin. She is a member of the Wisconsin Bar Association, the Family Law Section and the Children’s Law Section.

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