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How legal separation in Colorado affects custody, other issues

Married couples in Colorado may decide they no longer wish to live together for a variety of reasons. For some of them, divorce may be out of the question, or perhaps they are uncertain whether they want to divorce. However, living apart could mean that they still have to contend with issues such as child custody or property division. For these couples, legal separation may be their best option, but many people are unaware of precisely what it means and how it could help them.

Legal separation leaves a marriage intact while still utilizing a formal agreement to define specific rights and obligations of the separation of a couple. It is a way for families to live apart but make legal provisions relating to child custody or support and property division. It is normally used by couples who plan to split permanently, but can be used by those who do not want the finality of divorce. They can continue to use their spouse’s insurance and file taxes as a married couple, so the financial benefits can be a reason why many choose this option. The agreement can only be changed through court proceedings, just as with traditional divorce.

Those who decide to use legal separation are still married and cannot wed another person. It can also make the divorce process easier, since property allocation and child custody are already determined. Conversely, if a couple decides to reunite, they do not have to get married again. They only have to request that the court allow them to resume their marriage.

If a couple here in Colorado knows they no longer wish to remain with one another, but are uncertain whether they want to divorce, legal separation is an option they can consider. Custody agreements and asset division may require a formal agreement between the two spouses that a legal separation can outline. More information on this subject is available at [url=‘http://family.findlaw.com/divorce/legal-separation.html']Findlaw[/url] that may help answer questions.

Source: FindLaw, "Legal Separation", , Aug. 24, 2014

Source: FindLaw, "Legal Separation", , Aug. 24, 2014

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