Greenwood Village Family Law Attorneys
Quite often, you’ll hear a couple say they are “legally separated.” By this, they usually mean they are no longer living together and are awaiting, or considering, a full divorce. Oftentimes, the colloquial use of “legal separation” is not in line with Colorado state law. Legal separation is a similar process to divorce, but it can yield significantly different results afterward.
The Differences Between Divorce and Legal Separation
In the state of Colorado, married couples have two choices for parting ways: a decree of dissolution of marriage or a decree of legal separation. Dissolution of marriage is the legal term for divorce. In both cases, two lives are being separated. Thus, financial assets must be divided, custody arrangements will need to be made, and child and spousal support will need to be established.
Legal separation differs from divorce in the following ways:
- It impacts your ability to remarry unless, or until, the decree is converted to one of dissolution of marriage.
- It can impact your ability to retain inheritance rights until the decree is advanced.
- It is sometimes still possible to retain insurance and retirement benefits.
- It can be used as a religious or moral alternative to a divorce that keeps the marriage intact.
- It could potentially affect your ability to reach the 10-year marriage mark, which has implications for your rights under Social Security laws.
Securing Your Legal Representation
If you believe legal separation may be an appropriate pathway to resolution, our Greenwood Village family attorneys can provide vital information and help you explore the process. We are committed to the successful outcome of your case, whether you chose to pursue divorce, legal separation, or no legal action at all. The choice is 100% up to you, as we believe that an attorney who pushes a potential client into divorce or legal separation is overstepping their bounds. That is a personal and individual decision, not a legal one.
Call our offices today at (303) 900-4788 to begin reaching your legal separation solution.