Unexpected benefits often accompany Missouri legal separations

Unexpected benefits often accompany Missouri legal separations

On behalf of Stange Law Firm, PC posted in Divorce/Separation on Thursday, May 7, 2020.

Making the difficult decision to end a marriage requires careful consideration. A divorce seems final and, in most cases, it is final. Rushing into divorce can turn into a big mistake for couples who are not 100% certain ending their marriage is the best option.

In Missouri, couples can seek a legal separation instead of a divorce. Although it may seem like a temporary solution, separation can be advantageous in some cases. One of the biggest advantages is giving couples time and space to consider the possibility of saving their relationship. However, it also offers several other benefits, many of them unexpected.

Financial advantages

  • Continuing insurance benefits for those covered under a spouse’s policy
  • Tax benefits for separated couples who wish to file joint returns
  • Spousal Social Security benefits for couples married ten years or longer
  • Retaining at least some military benefits if their spouse is serving in the armed forces

Other important advantages

  • Retaining the married status for religious reasons
  • Addressing child custody and visitation, child support and property division without divorcing
  • Easing the transition for the couple’s children if the separation leads to a divorce
  • Converting a separation agreement into a divorce agreement can be relatively simple in Missouri

While a legal separation might not save your marriage, it can help you cope with your divorce if it eventually happens. To ensure that your rights remain protected it is a good idea to consult with an attorney experienced with divorce and legal separation. This step also provides you with a ready advocate to fight for you if divorce becomes imminent.

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