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When it comes down to it, divorce is one of the most permanent decisions you'll ever make. For couples who have a hard time accepting this, legal separation is an appealing alternative that offers many of the same benefits without the lasting consequences.

If you and your spouse need time to think about getting a divorce, a legal separation may be for you. Our experienced Nashville divorce lawyer can guide you in the right direction and help you find a mutually satisfactory solution.

How is a legal separation different than a divorce?

Unlike a divorce, getting a legal separation allows spouses to stay legally married but live separately for a period of time, usually up to one year. Most couples draw up a separation agreement, which addresses issues like asset division, child custody, and alimony. Should they decide on a divorce later down the line, the conditions of a separation agreement can be used to make final decisions.

The benefits of a legal separation are numerous, including:

  • The ability to preserve your marital status for religious reasons
  • Continuing insurance benefits on your spouse's coverage
  • Time to consider whether you truly want a divorce
  • Serves as the gateway to a simpler divorce if the time comes
  • Keeps you safe from spousal desertion

The grounds for a legal separation are the same as a divorce: irreconcilable differences, living apart for two years, and fault grounds. To get a separation, one spouse must be a resident of Tennessee for six months.

We understand that the decision to get a legal separation can be just as difficult as deciding to pursue divorce. Our firm wants to be your support mechanism throughout this time and can be here for you until your case is resolved. Whatever the circumstances you are facing circumstances, you can trust our Nashville divorce attorney to fully meet your needs.

Call Martin Sir & Associates now for your case evaluation!


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