What Protections Does Legal Separation Provide?


What protections does a legal separation provide as compared to a divorce?


I do not practice law in your state. Therefore, I cannot inform you as to the specific laws of your state and can only provide you with general tips on your situation.

I would highly recommend that you speak with a domestic litigation attorney in your area. That person can talk with you specifically about how a separation may protect you from certain issues in the event you and your wife decide to divorce in the future.

In Wisconsin, where I practice law, parties who want to become legally separated most go through a very similar process to a divorce in order to make the separation “official” and therefore garner the full protections of a legal separation.

In Wisconsin, just living in separate households doesn’t offer the same protections as actual formal legal separation.

Once a person is legally separated in Wisconsin, the difference between a legal separation and a divorce are minimal. The basic differences are that legally separated parties cannot remarry and a spouse can typically remain on the health insurance of a spouse they’re legally separated from, whereas if there is a divorce, that person cannot.

Again, a domestic litigation attorney in your area can tell you what the law is with respect to this issue.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

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