Legal Separation Lawyers

A legal seperation is defined as an arrangement by which a couple remain married but live apart, following a court order.

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In the state of New York, you can file for a legal separation, which allows you and your spouse to live apart from one another without having to file for divorce. It will still allow you to legally address the same issues as in a divorce, such as child custody, child support, and property division.

If you are considering separating from your spouse and do not wish to complete the entire divorce process, you may wish to get in touch with our firm, the Law Offices of Smith & Messina. As a family law firm, we are fully prepared to investigate all details of your family dynamics and help draft the best possible separation agreement for you and your family. With our extensive experience and legal knowledge, you can rest assured that your case will be in good hands.

Benefits Of A Legal Separation

Legal separation can have a number of advantages over divorce. Take a look at the top reasons:

  • You can get your situation settled quickly.
  • You can spend time apart to determine if divorce is the best option.
  • You can receive Social Security benefits if married for 10+ years.
  • You can benefit from military pensions if married for 10+ years.
  • You can retain medical and other insurance benefits.
  • You can retain potential tax benefits by filing jointly.
  • You can live separately and retain marital status for religious reasons.
  • Your legal separation can be easily converted into a divorce later.

Drafting A Legal Separation Agreement

A separation agreement serves as a legal document that proves that you and your spouse have agreed to live apart from one another. These agreements outline specific details pertaining to your lives and, similar to divorce decrees, memorandums of separation include stipulations for the following:

  • Visitation rights.
  • Child custody.
  • How property will be distributed after the relationship has ceased.

When you work with my firm, I can draft a separation agreement that fits your particular needs and assist you with filing the paperwork with the county clerk in which you reside. we are prepared to assist you in meeting all of your legal goals and keep you informed throughout the course of your case.

Consult A Legal Separation Attorney

As a Buffalo divorce lawyer,we can work with you to discuss your options and help determine if legally separating you from your spouse is the best option to take. If you have questions or concerns regarding your situation, do not hesitate to contact The Law Offices of Smith & Messina today. we offer free case evaluations over the phone to all potential clients; all you have to do is complete the online form.

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