Dayton Legal Separation Lawyer
Ohio Separation Laws
For couples wishing to live apart but are not prepared to begin a divorce, obtaining a legal separation is the best option. Everyone handles the end of a relationship differently, and for some people it might be easier or more practical to live separately while remaining married. If you are interested in obtaining a legal separation and want to learn more, our firm is here to help.
Our practiced family law attorneys at L. Patrick Mulligan & Associates, LLC can help you with your separation or divorce. We have a thorough understanding of Ohio family laws and we can use our expertise to help you reach your goals. Collectively, our firm has more than 50 years of combined legal experience, and we are proud to provide each of our clients with comprehensive, personalized legal solutions.
Call our firm at (937) 685-7006 to request a FREE consultation with our Dayton legal separation attorneys today.
What is a Legal Separation in Ohio?
In a legal separation, a couple remains married but may live separately. Instead of obtaining a divorce, the couple will receive a civil court order that allows them to legally divide their marital property, seek spousal support, and determine child custody or visitation. Couples may choose to live separately without obtaining a legal separation, but this document will allow them to set forth certain rights and enforce obligations usually only permitted to divorced couples.
Why Choose Legal Separation?
Couples may choose legal separation over divorce for many reasons, one of them being separation is not permanent. Another reason may be that it is more economically feasible when dealing with a home, retirement accounts, or other investments. Legal separation may be chosen for the sake of health insurance benefits, life insurances, 401(k) accounts, and more. Other reasons to choose legal separation may include:
- Federal Benefits (Social Security or Medicare)
- Religious Purposes
- Benefit of the Children
How to File for Legal Separation in Ohio
To obtain a legal separation, you must file an action asserting why you require the separation. Grounds for a legal separation can include irreconcilable differences, abandonment, cruelty, adultery, or other issues. This process can sometimes be complicated and confusing, which is why we are here to help. Our experienced Dayton legal separation lawyers can explain the separation process to you, step-by-step, offering the legal guidance and support you need.