Divorce is a complicated process. Couples never intend to get divorced when they marry, but circumstances do change. Fortunately, there are things that people can do to see whether getting divorced is really the right move for them. They can test the waters to see how divorce feels by separating for a period of time.

There are two avenues that people can take: separation and legal separation. With both types of separation, couples live separately. With legal separation, however, a court and legal representatives of the spouses are involved the process; moreover, the marriage is officially and legally classified as a separation and not a divorce. With regular separation, no courts or attorneys are involved, and the couple is not legally seen as “separated” but is still seen as married.

Whichever path a couple is thinking of taking, you should know that separation has several benefits. First of all, it allows both spouses to cool off, as they live separately. They get the time to reflect on their marriage and get to see how life is without the other spouse. They may realize that they want to stay married.

Another benefit is that the couple will get to keep some, if not all, of the benefits that married couples have, like cheaper health insurance or tax benefits. Also, separation can also have benefit for children; parents can tell them that they are still married but need to live separately for personal reasons.

Speak a San Diego Divorce Lawyer

Taking any steps towards a divorce is a difficult thing to do. For information on how to take those first steps, contact the San Diego divorce lawyers of Fischer & Van Thiel, LLP. Call us at 760-722-7646.

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