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Legal Separation

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Springfield Legal Separation Lawyer 

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Are you contemplating legal separation in Missouri? Look no further than Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC, for expert guidance. Our seasoned legal team comprehends the intricacies of legal separation and is committed to offering you the necessary support and expertise during this challenging period. With our assistance, you can confidently navigate through the complexities of separation.

Call Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC today at (417) 557-3407 or contact us online to schedule a meeting with our legal separation attorney in Springfield!

What is Legal Separation?

Legal separation is a legal process that allows married couples to live separately while remaining legally married. Unlike divorce, which terminates the marriage, legal separation provides a formal arrangement for issues such as child custody, spousal support, and property division without ending the marital status.

During a legal separation, spouses can address essential matters such as financial responsibilities, child custody arrangements, and division of assets while maintaining the marriage's legal benefits. This can be an appealing option for couples who are uncertain about divorce but wish to live apart and establish clear guidelines for their separation. 

What are the Requirements for Legal Separation in Missouri?

In Missouri, legal separation follows similar procedures as divorce but does not end the marriage. To file for legal separation, one spouse must meet the residency requirements, including living in the state for at least 90 days before filing. Additionally, the spouse filing for legal separation must cite grounds for the separation, which can include irreconcilable differences or fault-based reasons such as adultery or abandonment.

Once the legal separation is granted, the court can issue orders about child custody, child support, spousal maintenance, and property division. These orders are legally binding and must be followed by both parties.

Benefits of Legal Separation

Legal separation offers several benefits for couples who are considering living apart but wish to remain married:

  • Legal Protection: Legal separation provides a formal legal framework for issues such as child custody, support, and property division, protecting the rights and interests of both spouses.
  • Financial Stability: By remaining legally married through a separation, spouses may retain certain financial benefits, such as health insurance or Social Security.
  • Time for Reconciliation: Legal separation allows couples to take time apart to reassess their relationship and work towards reconciliation without the finality of divorce.
  • Continuation of Marital Status: Some couples prefer to maintain their marital status for personal or financial reasons, which legal separation allows while providing guidelines for living apart.

Contact Our Springfield Legal Separation Attorney Today

Navigating the complexities of legal separation requires careful consideration and expert legal guidance. At Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC, our experienced team is dedicated to helping you understand your options and protect your rights during this challenging time. Whether you are considering legal separation or exploring other avenues, we are here to provide the support and advocacy you need. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with a Springfield legal separation lawyer.

Contact Lowther Johnson Attorneys at Law, LLC today to schedule a meeting with our legal separation lawyer in Springfield!

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