Experienced Legal Separation Advice
In a legal separation the parties are separated but not divorced. Often, the legal separation provides for the division of property, child support, spousal support, custody and parenting time with children, and other subjects very similar to that of a general judgment of dissolution of marriage.
It is important to remember that within two years of the judgment of separation either party can request that the separation be converted into a divorce. If a party makes that request then the court will generally not re-open the judgment of separation but will simply include the terms of the separation judgment into the divorce judgment. It is essential, therefore, that a party understands all the implications that a judgment of separation will have both during the period of separation and if it is converted to a divorce. An experienced family law attorney can help make sure that your rights are protected.