Legal Separation vs. Divorce in Arizona
Legal Separation and Divorce in Arizona
A divorce completely dissolves the legal status of the marital relationship and restores both parties to the status of a single person. A legal separation, however, does not dissolve the legal status of the marital relationship but does terminate the marital community such that all assets and debts incurred by either party after the decree of legal separation remain the sole and separate property and debt of the spouse who acquired the property or debt. All community property acquired during the marriage will be equitably divided. The court will also enter child custody orders, child support orders, and may award alimony in a legal separation.
Reasons for Legal Separation Instead of Divorce
There are three reasons why you may wish to file for a legal separation rather than the dissolution of marriage in Arizona. You have been married less than ten years and want to receive social security benefits; 2) you need to remain married to receive health and medical benefits under your spouse’s group health insurance plan if permitted by the plan; 3) your religious beliefs prohibit you from seeking a divorce.
Contact Our Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona Legal Separation Attorneys
If you are in need of a legal separation lawyer in Scottsdale and Phoenix Arizona, the family law firm of Hildebrand Law, PC is only a phone call away. Our attorneys handle all types of legal separation cases in Arizona. Please call (480)305-8300 if you wish to speak with our Arizona legal separation lawyers or have additional questions regarding Arizona legal separation laws.