Is Legal Separation Right For You?

There are a number of scenarios in which a legal separation makes sense before proceeding with a divorce. For example, legal separation is often sought by a husband or wife who wants to slow down the divorce process to help their children acclimate to this major life change as well as those who wish to leave open the possibility that the marriage can be saved.

If you are considering separating from your spouse, you can turn to The Law Office of Cynthia L. Lazar in Libertyville, Illinois. Here, I have been helping men and women in Lake County with legal separation and divorce-related issues for more than 20 years.

Do You Have Grounds For Divorce?

Through 2015, determining whether there are grounds for divorce was an important part of approaching a legal separation. A couple who did not have grounds for divorce could pursue a legal separation as an alternative, allowing them to resolve issues such as parenting plans, child support and spousal maintenance without being officially divorced.

Changes effective as of 2016 will eliminate existing grounds for divorce, with "irreconcilable differences" replacing them.

Do You Qualify For Legal Separation?

To legally separate, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have lived in Illinois for more than 90 days prior to seeking a legal separation.
  • Your children must be living in Illinois for at least six months for parenting issues to be resolved in a legal separation.

As a experienced divorce lawyer, mediator and collaborative law attorney, I can help you explore all of the options available to you so you can make an informed decision about whether to proceed with legal separation. Contact my firm today to arrange a consultation.