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Know Your Legal Options For Separating

Not all couples who experience marital issues that necessitate separation are interested in the finality and permanence of a divorce. For these couples, there are legal options to ensure that their financial interests are protected and their children are supported while they are not living together. At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, we understand that each marriage is unique and are dedicated to ensuring that your individual needs are met.

Our New York City divorce attorneys have more than 20 years of experience in divorce and family law and are committed to representing couples through a variety of difficult legal matters. We understand the highly emotional nature of these cases and have the compassion and effectiveness that you and your family deserve. Our primary attorney, Peter Cedeño, has been rated 10.0 Superb by Avvo, which is a peer rating system that showcases his professionalism and excellent service to all of the individuals he has advised.

Legal Separation Vs. Divorce

Divorcing and drafting a legal separation agreement are similar processes, in that each involves and addresses issues of asset distribution, child and spousal support, and child custody. Thus, not all couples understand the benefits and reasoning behind separating and not divorcing. Typically, couples who anticipate future reconciliation or have interests that prevent them from divorcing find that legal separation meets their unique needs.

Reasons a couple might legally separate include:

  • Religious beliefs against divorce
  • Social Security benefits that require marriage to continue
  • Medical insurance benefits
  • Protection of interests while couples work out issues
  • Access to military insurance benefits

In a legal separation, couples can make decisions regarding who stays in a shared home, who cares for the children, and how to maintain the same standard of living. Essentially, it can help mitigate tension caused by disagreements over property and children and allow a couple to live apart without conflict while working through marital issues.

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Separation Judgments

Unfortunately, not all legal separations in New York are amicable. In some cases, you may need to request a separation judgment from a court to separate you and your spouse on the grounds of fault, also known as a bed and board divorce. In these instances, it may be dangerous, impossible, or unwarranted to file for a divorce or separation agreement.

Situations of this nature may include:

  • Domestic abuse
  • Abandonment
  • Failure to support spouse
  • Adultery
  • Three or more consecutive years of imprisonment

These cases are typically more volatile and require legal representation from a New York City legal separation lawyer with experience. At Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, you can trust that our attorneys will handle your separation case with the efficiency that it requires.

Contact An New York City Legal Separation Attorney Today

If you and your spouse want to know your options for legal separation, our divorce attorneys in New York City can give you the experienced and dedicated legal counsel you need.

20 years of experience in your corner!

We understand that you may not want the finality of a divorce, but still want to protect yourself. Legal separation may be the right choice for you and your family, and Cedeño Law Group, PLLC, is here to help you.

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