Kane County Legal Separation Attorneys
Lawyers for Legal Separation Proceedings in St. Charles, IL
The concept of a legal separation is one that is often misunderstood by couples who are considering divorce. Legal separation is commonly confused with the period of living separate and apart before obtaining a judgment of divorce that was once required under Illinois law.
In practice, legal separation means much more than one spouse moving out, and is only applicable to a relatively small number of situations. The experienced attorneys at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., can help you understand your options and will work with you in deciding whether to pursue a legal separation from your spouse.
Considerations for Legal Separation in Illinois
In many ways, a legal separation is very similar to a divorce, or dissolution of marriage. The primary difference is that a divorce formally ends the marriage, while a legal separation does not. Such a distinction is very important to some couples as they may not wish to dissolve the marriage officially for religious, financial, or other personal reasons.
During the proceedings for a legal separation, you and your spouse will need to draft an agreement regarding spousal maintenance and provisions for your children, if applicable, including allocating parental responsibilities and child support. If such matters are not addressed, the court may enter orders as it sees fit, under Illinois law. You may also choose to develop a property settlement agreement. The court will not make any decisions regarding property absent a written agreement between you and your spouse.
Elgin Divorce and Family Law Attorneys
For more than 40 years, the attorneys at Bochte, Kuzniar & Navigato, P.C., have been assisting clients throughout the region with their most difficult and personal legal matters. We are dedicated to helping you pursue a legal separation when appropriate, and ensuring that your rights are fully protected. If you are already legally separated, we can also work with you to transition your separation into a divorce if needed.
If you would like to learn more about the process and requirements for legal separation, contact our office today. Our knowledgeable family lawyers can provide the answers you need to whatever questions you may have. Call 630-377-7770 or contact us online to schedule your free initial consultation today. From our offices in St. Charles, Illinois, we are proud to serve the communities of Batavia, Elgin, Geneva, Elburn, Sugar Grove, and all throughout Kane, DuPage, Kendall, and DeKalb Counties.