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Chesterfield Legal Separation Attorney

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When your marriage feels as though it is reaching a rocky patch or drawing to a close, it’s important to be aware of your options from a legal standpoint. Many people assume divorce is the only option, but perhaps are not quite ready to make that step. Legal separation can be an advantageous action for both parties as it gives the spouses distance and protections usually given in divorce yet maintains some of the benefits of marriage. It also leaves the door open for reconciliation at some point in the future.

Legal separation is not for everyone, but it can be highly beneficial for the right couples. Laurie A. Knight, Attorney at Law, LLC can help you determine what your best options are and how a legal separation will affect you and any children you may have. With more than a decade of experience, Chesterfield divorce attorney Laurie A. Knight can walk you through all your options and provide you with legal advice that is tailored to your situation.

For personal service backed by more than 13 years of experience, call (636) 200-5533. Laurie A. Knight, Attorney at Law, LLC serves clients throughout St. Louis County.

Differences between Legal Separation & Divorce

The main difference between legal separation and divorce lies in the fact that when a couple divorces, they are no longer married; however, when a couple legally separates, they are still technically married, and the action is taken in hopes of a future reconciliation.

A legal separation allows a married couple to live apart, divide their assets and debts, provide for spousal support, and arrange for child custody and support while remaining married. A legal separation many times is the only alternative for a religious couple who can no longer live together.

Once the legal separation is granted, the parties are no longer financially bound to one another. Any debts or assets that are incurred or acquired after the legal separation are separate and apart from the other person. It allows each party to build his or her own financial independence and build a credit history. Also, when a couple separates for an indeterminate period of time, a legal separation ensures that neither party will squander marital assets during the separation because the court has divided the assets in the legal separation order.

When you obtain a legal separation:

  • Neither party can get remarried
  • Benefits such as health care and social security are preserved
  • The debt of one spouse can still be legally required of the other
  • Each spouse still has a legal right to the property of the other if the other dies
  • The spouses are still usually considered next of kin in legal and medical emergencies

In addition, if the spouses wish to end the separation, all the court has to do is rule to dismiss the separation. The couple does not have to get remarried. If a divorced couple wished to end the divorce, they would have to get remarried to regain legal privileges.

Personalized Representation from Laurie A. Knight, Attorney at Law, LLC

Laurie is a skilled Chesterfield legal separation attorney who believes that no case is insignificant or deserving of less than exceptional representation. You can expect a high level of personal service from start to finish as well as consistent communication throughout your family law case.

Discuss your options with a Chesterfield legal separation lawyer today. Call (636) 200-5533.

Why Choose Attorney Laurie Knight?

  • Free Consultation

    Every initial consultation is free of charge. No hidden fees!

  • Extensive Experience

    Attorney Knight has been perfecting her legal practice for over a decade.

  • Excellent Work Ethic

    Attorney Knight handles each case with respect and the utmost diligence.

  • Flexible Appointment Schedules

    Attorney Knight is available when YOU need help. All appointment times are flexible.

  • Personal Approach

    Every case is personal and no client is left in the dark.

  • Classic & Professional

    Attorney Knight values professionalism and integrity with every case and every client.

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