Divorce procedures can be complicated or simple, depending on an individual’s situation, but the first step taken is for one spouse to separate from the partner and leave the shared residence. Of course, this could be a trial separation and the couple can discuss about many things in this period of time.
They can also decide if they really want divorce or if they want to get back to each other and this might be an audible step in the enrollment of the divorce procedures.
When people cite ‘legal separation’, it often means the period of time they spend when they are apart from each other before they can file for their divorce. Several states in the US don’t have the ‘legal separation’ but the requirement states that they should stay apart from each other in different locations.
Understandably, this can be very traumatic for some couples but if they get back to each other for only a short period of time, the clock will be reset and they will have to start all over again.
Having different bedrooms while staying in the same house will not be a separation and many people fail to realize that. During the final step of this procedure, the couple can discuss other important issues that include property, child custody and spousal support.
If an individual acquires any debts or assets when he/she is separated, then it will belong to him, instead of being divided amongst the couple. There are many cases where couples prefer separation rather than a divorce where they live apart from each other but are still married.
In fact, there are many reasons as to why a couple may take up this step but it depends from one situation to another…