Legal Separation in Bowling Green

Not sure if you should get a divorce?

Are you thinking about getting a divorce, but not sure if you should? Divorce is not something to be taken lightly, and sometimes a legal separation gives people the time they need to decide whether divorce is what they really need and want.

As Bowling Green divorce attorneys with 20 years of experience, we are here to give you the information and support you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

At Smith & Wilcutt, LLC, we are a divorce law firm that is dedicated to helping people bring about the most optimum solutions. We know that every marriage and family is unique and what might work for your friends and family, may not work for you. With that being said, we are here to help you resolve your marital problems as effectively as possible.

Basics of Legal Separation

If you aren't sure if you want to divorce, you can file for a legal separation instead. A legal separation is a good idea for couples who want to try and work their issues out.

While a divorce ends the marriage, a legal separation does not; however, the court can issue similar orders like the ones issued in a divorce case concerning children, property, debts, and spousal support.

How long can a legal separation last?

A legal separation can last for up to one year. After one year, you and your spouse should decide whether you want to get back together or seek a divorce. If after one year, either spouse wants a divorce, the decree of legal separation will be converted to a divorce decree.

How do I obtain a legal separation?

A legal separation is not as easy as moving out. You will need to file a Petition for Legal Separation, which will state the reasons why you think you and your spouse cannot live together. Either of you must be a resident of Kentucky for at least six months, and a resident of the county that you file in.

Can I file for a legal separation after my spouse filed for divorce?

Once your spouse files for divorce, you cannot file for a legal separation.

Contact a Bowling Green divorce attorney today!

Whether you are thinking about getting a legal separation or a divorce, you should speak with a divorce lawyer from our firm. As with a divorce, a legal separation action requires that numerous forms be submitted to the court. You need to make sure that all information you provide is current and accurate.

In any legal action involving your children or your property, you want to be sure that your rights are fully protected. Anything you tell us is confidential and we will protect your interests and be your greatest advocates during this transitional period in your life.

Contact our Bowling Green divorce firm today to schedule a free, initial consultation!

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