Discuss the Effects of Divorce vs. Legal Separation

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Divorce discussion | Hemet, CAAre you considering a legal separation or divorce? Whether you are at the beginning of the decision-making process or are in the midst of time spent apart, paying attention to the option you choose now is critical to maintaining your financial and legal rights in the future. If you are unsure of the consequences of taking one route versus the other, this article is a helpful resource. The article mainly addresses women during the separation and divorce process, but the same points may be made of any couple whose assets outweigh their debts.

Of the article’s main points, the ability to keep track of and control the couple’s joint resources and finances is of the utmost importance.  The article’s author argues that legal separation threatens the separating or divorcing couple because too much is left to change. These changes can include one person deciding to hide assets, entering into a new relationship with another person, or suffering financial losses that would impact the other party. Legally, changes can come from state laws regarding alimony or spousal support.

Like legal and financial changes, relationship changes can threaten a couple. For example, the communication between the parties can dissolve. This is why assuming that you will be able to continue in the future with the good will and passionless communication could spell disaster.

Whether you are considering a legal separation or divorce, the effects of your choices will impact your finances and future stability. Take care not to assume that changes in the law or in the quality of the relationship between you and your spouse won’t impact your plans. Speak to a family law attorney to discuss your options and the effects of choosing one path over another.

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Julie M. Clark graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. She has been practicing law in Riverside County since February of 1992. Julie Clark's Google+ Profile

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