There are times when spouses wish to go their separate ways but do not wish to file for divorce. These wishes may be based on religious beliefs, the need to maintain health coverage, the desire to try a period of time away from one another, or for financial considerations. Massachusetts allows for the “legal separation” of spouses in such instances. This is a process by which the finances of the parties are split and in which each will bear no future responsibility for the other. The process also allows for the entry of an order relating to child custody and support. Splitting from your spouse, without these legal protections, can create a host of problems. It is important that you retain an experienced lawyer to help protect your interests. Our Boston legal separation attorneys handle such matters and strive to provide the highest level of service. Contact our office today to schedule an initial consultation. We also service Cambridge, Salem, Dedham, Worcester, and other Massachusetts areas.
Lawyers handling legal separations for Boston residents
Spouses sometimes separate without actually wishing to file for divorce. There are potential legal consequences for doing so. These consequences include the fact that property or debt acquired, while the parties are apart but still married, will be considered “marital” in nature. This means that one may be partially responsible for debts that their spouse incurs. It also means that a spouse may be entitled to a portion of any property you acquire. A legal separation will provide protections to those who wish to remain married while living apart. By obtaining an order from the court, spouses can assure that property they acquire will be theirs alone and that they will not be responsible for newly incurred debts of their significant other. In many ways, a legal separation provides couples with the legal protections of a divorce while allowing them stay married.
There are benefits to obtaining a legal separation. The parties may wish for one spouse to remain on the other’s health insurance. The parties may desire for one spouse to receive a vested share of the other’s retirement benefits. There may also be situations in which the parties have a complicated business and financial structure which requires them to stay married. Also, many parties simply have a religious objection to the concept of divorce.
The first step in obtaining a legal separation is to file a Complaint for Separate Support with the Court. The parties will typically then complete a separation agreement which will be filed with the Court along with a final order. The parties will then be able to live apart and rest assured that they are truly financially separate from each other. It is important that any separation agreement be complete and comprehensive. It must deal with how any currently owned property will be divided, how ownership to future property will be determined, how debts (present and future) will be allocated, and whether spousal support will be paid. Also, an agreement can be entered into regarding child custody and child support. If an issue is not adequately addressed in the separation agreement then disputes can arise at a later date. This is why it is important to retain an attorney who is experienced in handling such matters and who will ensure that all issues are properly addressed.
Our Boston legal separation lawyers have over twenty-five years of combined legal experience. We will use your initial consultation to help you determine whether a separation is in your best interests. If such an arrangement makes sense for you, then we will work to gain a complete understanding of your current finances as well as your current prospects. We will ensure that your documents are properly drafted and that you fully understand your rights and obligations. We understand that this is a stressful time in your life. We are here to help you resolve your situation as quickly and efficiently as possible. Contact us today to schedule an initial consultation.
Boston attorneys staying in communication with clients going through a legal separation
Our lawyers understand that you wish to move on with your life. This is why our firm will work to move your case through the system as efficiently as possible. We will stay in communication with you while we do so. Our attorneys provide clients with their cell phone numbers and they make themselves available to answer your questions. We work to provide quality service and this is our promise in every case we handle.
In addition to Boston, we also assist Massachusetts residents in the Middlesex County cities of Cambridge, Lowell, Somerville, and Newton, as well as those in the cities of Salem, Dedham, Worcester, Brockton, Quincy, and Lynn.