The distinction can be very confusing. This decision will be one of the most important of your life. Divorce or legal separation. Which is best for you and your family? It is essential to educate yourself on the legal and emotional effects that both possibilities will have on your future. If you decide to hold off on filing for divorce, making your separation legal is also important to fully understand … it is not just a matter of leaving the household.
In Washington State, a legal separation proceeding is identical to a marriage dissolution, except that the court does not dissolve the marriage. Your finances are kept separate. Things like child custody and support as well as spousal maintenance may be ordered by the court. When you divorce, the marriage is formally ended and you may proceed with your life including marrying someone else. With a legal separation you obviously cannot remarry. However, a decree of legal separation may be converted to a decree of marriage dissolution later on upon the request of either party.
There is a great deal more to understand from an experienced family attorney. Before you make an important life-changing decision in the Seattle area call on Lyle M. Clark Jr., a professional family law attorney located in Bellevue, WA. Call him on matters of family law and tap in to his 35+ years of experience at (425) 452-3092.