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Question Details:

Our marriage is not going well. My husband and I have talked about divorce, but we are unsure at this point. We live in Milwaukee, WI and we are unsure of the consequences for either a divorce or legal separation. Money is very tight for both of us right now, and divorce seems like a more expensive option. Are we missing something? 

Family Law Attorney Response:

Unfortunately there is little difference between a legal separation and divorce from the perspective of litigation. The same paper work and forms are required in both actions, and there is no difference in the filing fee.

If you contact a good divorce lawyer they can explain the tax advantages of a legal separation compared to a divorce. Also,medical benefits from an employers are typically still available to couples who are legal separated, but not divorced. However, with legal separation, there has to be certain grounds for the separation to take place.

In all the cost of legal separation compared to a divorce are basically the same. Legal separation has tax and benefits advantages for the couple. A legal separation can be converted to a divorce in the future, but this will cost extra money. If you do decide to get a divorce in the future, remember to find a divorce lawyer you like and trust.

Lawyer Jeff Hughes from Sterling Law Offices, S.C.
Jeff Hughes, J.D.

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