Aurora Legal Separation Lawyers
How to Legally Separate & What it Means for You
A legal separation may be appropriate for those who do not want a divorce, but would like to live separate and apart. In a legal separation, the parties can agree as to who will have custody over the minor children, or have a judge decide this issue.
Separated couples choose a legal separation instead of a divorce for religious reasons, financial reasons, or insurance-related matters. Also, some couples feel that legal separation may be more appropriate than divorce, as it does not carry the same stigma.
Call our experienced Aurora legal separation attorneys at (630) 901-8700 today.
Understanding Legal Separation
A legal separation does not legally end a marriage. You cannot marry another person if you are legally separated. Unlike a divorce proceeding, there are no "grounds for separation" in a legal separation proceeding.
Legal separations are very similar to divorce proceedings in how the court must have jurisdiction over you and your spouse to award you a legal separation. In order to have jurisdiction, you must have resided in Illinois for more than 90 days and you have to serve your spouse with proper notice of the lawsuit you have initiated. You can still obtain a legal separation if your spouse lives in another state. However, if he/she has never lived in Illinois or committed an act inside Illinois that would cause him/her to come under the jurisdiction of the court, the court will not be able to order your spouse to do anything, such as pay child support or debts.
What We Can Do for You
Legal separation and other family law matters are often complicated, emotional, and difficult to manage due to the proliferation of factors involved. You need our experienced Aurora legal separation attorneys to help you come to an amicable understanding with your former spouse. Our more than two decades of in-depth legal experience allows us to handle legal separation cases objectively and efficiently. We will help you solve your family law matters as effectively and quickly as possible.
Contact an Aurora legal separation lawyer for legal representation in any family law matter today.
The Law Offices of David Lee is available in Kane, Kendall, Dupage, and Dekalb Counties