Legal Separation in Grand Rapids
Experienced, Knowledgeable Guidance to Modify Your Marriage
While divorce is the most common method for separating from a spouse, a separation agreement can be a reasonable alternative for people who wish to stay married.
Our attorneys at Scozzari Graham, PLLC take a personalized approach to your relationship, and can provide you with the knowledgeable guidance you need should you agree to separate.
What Is a Separation?
In a separation, the parties remain married. However, they may agree upon a contract which provides for them to live separately and share expenses. Both must agree. If they do, the judge may consider approving a written agreement which is a contract between them to share property division, debt and expenses. If the contract is objectively fair and reasonable, the court may approve the arrangement and enter an Order binding the parties. While the process accounts for all issues as would be settled in a divorce, if either spouse wants to convert the agreement to a formal divorce, they may file for divorce
Separation vs. Divorce
Divorce formally terminates a marriage. Separation does not. Should a religious practice prohibit a divorce, or should a married couple wish to formally separate while attempting a reconciliation, a separation agreement may be preferable.
Looking to Separate from Your Spouse?
If you are seeking to legally separate from your spouse, one of our family law attorneys can help you evaluate your options, propose terms of an agreement, and draft it for you.