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Eugene, Oregon Family Lawyers – Legal Separation

Are you considering applying for a legal separation? If so, then you should consider a consultation  with the one of the top-rated Eugene family law firms.  Veralrud and Fowler would be honored to handle your case and can provide you with a skilled family law lawyer in Eugene. Our knowledge of family law makes us uniquely qualified to represent you. Below we have answered some of the most frequently asked questions concerning legal separations.

How is legal separation defined in Eugene family court?

Legal separation is a way to officially separate from your spouse without the finality of divorce. In a legal separation the couple often lives apart. Child support, spousal support, and division of property can be determined but allows for family insurance, tax right offs and health plans to remain in effect. At any point the couple can choose to dissolve the legal separation and be reunified or finalize their arrangement with a divorce. However, they have the ability to stay separated as long as they choose.

If you are considering filing for a legal separation it’s time to hire the most qualified family lawyer Eugene has to offer. At Veralrud and Fowler our family lawyers in Eugene are well versed in the laws surrounding legal separation. Looking for info on Divorce?

What are the different forms of separation in Oregon?

There are three different forms of separation.

Informal Separation: when a couple is informally separated they live apart but have not become legally separated. They have not sought to be parted in the eyes of the law by filing for a legal separation.

Limited Separation: this form of separation is only temporary. The couple must apply for a limited legal separation and have it approved by the judge. The separation will only last for an agreed upon time period and then they will return to a reunified state in the eyes of the law. This form of separation is infrequently used.

Unlimited Separation: this type of separation is obtained by filing for a legal separation and then approved by a judge. The couple will be separated in the eyes of the law for an unlimited amount of time. They could choose to stay separated for the rest of their lives if they wished, there is no time limit. In many cases couples will seek to divorce after an unlimited legal separation or work out their differences and be reunited. However, it is not a requirement of the courts that they do either.

At Veralrud and Fowler, we can provide with the most competent family lawyer Eugene has to offer. With years of experience navigating the realm of legal separation we can confidently advise you.

What are the common reasons that a couple file for a legal separation instead of a divorce?

Every couple has different reasons for choosing legal separation over divorce. However, there are some reasons more common than others.

Health Insurance: if a couple is legally separated they are still able to remain on the same health care plan as their spouse. It is common in marriages for one spouse to provide health insurance for both parties. If they were to divorce each party would be responsible for providing their own health insurance.

Religion: often a couple will seek a legal separation for religious beliefs. It may be against the religion of the couple to seek a divorce. They can then apply for a legal separation and have their assets divided while still remaining married. Want info on custody rights?

Finances: many couples will seek a legal separation if one partner is making poor financial decisions. The other party can then protect their assets by separating them from their spouses. There assets will no longer be shared but they remain married in the eyes of the law.

Legal separation can be a confusing process but you don’t have to walk this road alone.  Eugene family law attorneys from Veralrud and Fowler have successfully handled cases involving legal separation and will gladly provide you with an attorney uniquely qualified to handle your  case. Call or email Veralrud and Fowler today and rest easy in the knowledge that you have skilled family law lawyers in Eugene handling your case.

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