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Wisconsin Legal Separation Lawyers

Divergent Family Law has a team of 12+ experienced legal separation lawyers in the Milwaukee area. We offer free consultations for anyone in Wisconsin seeking a legal separation. We serve as a valuable resource for anyone seeking guidance and representation during the legal process. Take the first step towards a brighter future, contact us for a free consultation.

Legal Separation in Wisconsin

Legal separation in Wisconsin is a formal agreement between a married couple outlining the terms of their “separation” without going through with a divorce. Legal separation can address the same issues as a divorce, such as:

Division of Assets
Child Custody / Support
Spousal Support

Wisconsin couples may choose to legally separate for a variety of reasons, such as religious objections to divorce or to maintain the financial benefits that come with being married.

Legal Separation vs Divorce in Wisconsin

The main difference between legal separation and divorce in Wisconsin is that legal separation does not terminate the marital relationship between two individuals. In a legal separation, the couple is still considered legally married, but they are permitted to live separately from each other and make decisions about their individual lives. Certain rights and obligations such as spousal support and property division may be different in a legal separation compared to a divorce.

Legal Separation Divorce
Legal status of marriage: is not terminated Legal status of marriage is terminated
Spouses are still legally married and may not remarry Spouses are no longer legally married and may remarry
May be easier to obtain than divorce, depending on state laws May be more difficult to obtain than legal separation, depending on state laws
Usually less expensive and less time-consuming than divorce May be more expensive and time-consuming than legal separation
Can include court orders for things like child custody, child support and division of property Can include court orders for things like child custody, child support and division of property
Spouses may still be entitled to certain benefits, such as health insurance or social security Spouses may not be entitled to certain benefits, such as health insurance or social security
Legal Separation
Legal status of marriage: is not terminated
Spouses are still legally married and may not remarry
May be easier to obtain than divorce, depending on state laws
Usually less expensive and less time-consuming than divorce
Can include court orders for things like child custody, child support and division of property
Spouses may still be entitled to certain benefits, such as health insurance or social security
Divorce
Legal status of marriage is terminated
Spouses are no longer legally married and may remarry
May be more difficult to obtain than legal separation, depending on state laws
May be more expensive and time-consuming than legal separation
Can include court orders for things like child custody, child support and division of property
Spouses may not be entitled to certain benefits, such as health insurance or social security

Disadvantages of legal separation

Although there are many upsides to legal separation, legal separation has its disadvantages. If you go through with legal separation you will not have the opportunity to get married to someone else unless you first get divorced - you are still legally married after getting separated. Another disadvantage is you will have to pay extra costs down the line if you decide to eventually get legally divorced. If you find there are no benefits to being legally separated from your spouse, you might look to get a divorce instead, resulting in more legal fees.

Discuss your options with a Milwaukee Divorce Lawyer

If you are considering a legal separation in Milwaukee, our experienced legal separation lawyers can provide you with guidance, support, and legal representation. We offer a free initial consultation to help you understand your rights and options. We listen carefully to your situation and provide you with honest next steps. We will also discuss any potential challenges or obstacles you may face. If you’re interested in learning more about how we can help, contact our law office to schedule your free consultation. We look forward to speaking with you and helping you through this difficult time.

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