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What Steps Do You Need to Take to Legally Separate?

For spouses whose religious beliefs inhibit divorce, or for those who don’t want to give up the medical and tax benefits of marriage, separation may be a good alternative to divorce. However, in a state that takes separation just as seriously as divorce, it’s important to know what your options are if you’ve decided you need time apart from your spouse.

Legal Separation

Much like divorce, legal separation is the process by which a couple appears before a judge to divide assets and make monetary arrangements for living separate and apart from another.

The judge will address:

It can be tricky to draw up a Legal Separation Agreement without the help of a skilled legal separation attorney. This is especially true if the couple has a hard time agreeing on the terms and conditions, or simply doesn’t get along in general. An attorney can mediate the entire process to keep it as civil as possible.

Alabama Law on Legal Separation

Each state handles legal separations differently. In Alabama, it’s taken as seriously as divorce. For this reason, you need to have a valid legal reason, or grounds, for the separation. This means you must prove that either the two of you are too incompatible to live with each other or your marriage has been irrevocably broken. Furthermore, to file for separation, you and/or your spouse must be able to prove residence in Alabama for at least 6 months prior to filing.

Reach Out to Thomas Logan Davis, Attorneys at Law, LLC

We are a Birmingham law firm that has experience with legal separation agreements. Our attorneys are skilled at drawing up agreements that meet our clients’ specific wishes. Every separation arrangement is as unique as the couple requesting it. Let our attorneys help you reach a beneficial resolution.

Contact our firm online or call us at (205) 512-3331 for a case evaluation.

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