In a legal separation, the parties agree to live separately, but the marriage remains intact. There are various reasons why a couple may opt for this action rather than a divorce or dissolution of marriage, but the court will address the same issues as are determined in a divorce or dissolution.
One party files with the court, requesting the separation based on the same grounds as one would claim for a divorce. With this action, the other party has the option of filing a counterclaim for divorce. Division of assets, support and child custody all must be considered, just as in a divorce or dissolution.
Spouses may consider a legal separation rather than divorce because of religious beliefs that prompt them to keep the marriage intact. Oftentimes couples seek a legal separation in Youngstown, Ohio, because they do not meet the six-month residency requirement in Ohio to obtain a divorce.
Whatever your reasons and family situation, Jill Landau has the experience to advise you as to how this action will impact or best serve your family and whether this is the best option for you.
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