Are you considering legal separation?
When a married couple is having issues severe enough that they are considering divorce, they also think about taking a “middle ground” approach first before committing to the permanent solution of a divorce. What we are talking about is legal separation, an option that allows married couples to retain their marriage while entering a legal process that is similar to divorce.
Separation allows the spouses to live separately while they decide if they want to get a divorce. The separation can last for a significant amount of time, letting the spouses enjoy their own lives and fully consider whether this life without a spouse is what they want. If they do determine that this is the best course of action, then they can move forward with the permanent solution: divorce.
What many people may not know is that legal separation can also have an agreement that comes with it, one that handles many of the same issues as a divorce. Child custody, child support, parenting time, visitation, spousal support, property damage: these are all things that are associated with divorce, but they can also be handled in a separation agreement.
If you are considering legal separation, then you should consult with an experienced divorce attorney as soon as possible. The laws vary a bit from Illinois to Missouri in regards to legal separation and divorce, but with an experienced attorney on your side, you can rest assured that your case is being handled appropriately and that your interests are being upheld.