By: Tim Davids, Authority Content writer
A legal separation indicates to the court, social contacts and legal entities that a division of interests is created between joint holders of property and any covenants or financial obligations entered into as a married couple.Notice of terms of separation can be served while remaining amenable with the other party. if the marriage has not been of long duration and no monetary award is sought, very little acrimony or legal wrangling is at stake. Legal separations sets a precedent for the appeal to the court to grant a divorce and annul or nullify any marriage agreement. Various states have legal requirements for time spent staying or living apart to advance to divorce filings and court proceedings for divorce.
The path to divorce legally begins with legal separation.originally this path to the dissolution of a marriage was intended to let people’s heads clear and let cooler heads prevail on protecting the institution of marriage. Yet over time legal separation has become a practical way for two individuals to navigate working, providing childcare, and maintaining a standard of living newly apart from the married state. Joint ownership of property and joint habitation evolve to separate individual habitation and devolving lifestyles. By the time a divorce decree is absolute, two separate individuals should be ready to start new lives. Financial instruments should be terminated and new credit and bank accounts formed to prevent fraud or malicious spending.
A legal separation often triggers suggestions for counseling and mediation of disputes. Yet a trial separation is often permanent due to the investment in new living quarters, a change of employment, and social interaction. Reconciliation can only happen if a married couple strengthen the value of their discussions and solve problems with compromises and new resources. This is unlikely to happen in cases where resources are stretched thin by a legal separation and attached joint property. In the case of a third party, the social acceptability of the new relationship becomes more permanent and visible, not less so. Arrangements for storage of personal property or securing personal possessions from former joint premises is the individual’s responsibility.