Bartow Legal Separation Attorney
Choosing to Separate Instead of Filing for Divorce
While the legal statutes of Florida do not specifically address the term
“legal separation,” there are several legal issues that may
apply when spouses choose to separate instead of filing for a
These issues may involve, but are not limited to, the following:
- Child Support & Alimony Issues;
Child Custody & Visitation Issues (“Parenting Plan & Timesharing”);
- Division of Marital Property & Assets; and
- Other Relevant Divorce-Related Issues.
In most cases, these issues are handled through family law mediation in
an effort to reach amicable resolutions. This is because the state of
Florida may choose not to award alimony to a person that is still married
to his or her spouse. However, child custody, visitation, and child support issues
are issues that the court will address between married spouses that do not
reside together. However, each legal separation issue may have to be handled
differently than if the spouses are legally seeking a divorce.
Florida Does Not Recognize “Legal Separation”
Because the state of Florida does not legally recognize the term "legal
separation", the "legal" part of the term basically refers
to issues that the court will make rulings on just as if the parties we
Such issues include the following:
- Unwed Parents & Paternity Issues
- Assets Purchased & Shared as a Couple
- Use of Shared Bank Accounts
On the surface, family law issues in a legal separation may seem to be
easier to resolve because the parties involved are not actively seeking
to end the marriage. However, because the law handles family law issues
between separated spouses differently from that of a divorce, these issues
can become very complex.
Put a Skilled Legal Advocate in Your Corner with Advocate Law Firm
At my Bartow divorce law firm, I can ensure you are fully aware of your
legal rights as they apply to your legal separation, aggressively represent
your rights, and ensure you always know of all of your legal options.
If you have questions or concerns, do not hesitate to
contact my firm for your free consult.