The term “separate maintenance” or “legal separation,” as it is often referred to although much less common than a divorce, is similar in nature and procedure. Judgments of Separate Maintenance resolve the same issues a Judgment of Divorce does, such as custody, child support, spousal support, property division, etc. However, separate maintenance is an option for people who wish to establish separate households but do not wish to get divorced. The reasons for this vary, but the common reasons for people to obtain a Judgment of Separate Maintenance are usually people who have religious objections to divorce, or the parties want to stay married so that both parties can receive employee supplied health benefits.
It is important to note that if health benefits are the reason the parties are considering a legal separation, the parties should check with the employer to determine whether both parties could still be covered. Many employers consider “separate maintenance” or “legal separation” a qualifying event to terminate dependency status and eligibility for benefits including health insurance coverage. It is important to discuss the pros and cons of a separate maintenance with a family law attorney before filing.
Legal Separation Attorney Gaylord MI
If you are contemplating a legal separation or a separate maintenance, a legal separation attorney can help you. The Law Offices of Daniel J. Harris, P.C. is a Legal separation attorney in Gaylord MI.