Houston Legal Separation Attorney
Separate Your Marriage the Right Way with a Legal Separation in Harris County
Many people in Texas are surprised to learn that they can legally separate without divorcing. A legal separation is a great way to get the legal protections of divorce without the emotional, financial, and logistical stresses of ending a marriage. If you are considering a legal separation, the attorneys at The Pollard Firm, PLLC, can help.
What Is a Legal Separation?
In Texas, a legal separation is an order of the court that allows a married couple to live apart while still remaining legally married. A legal separation is not a divorce, but it is an important step in the process of getting divorced. The court will grant a divorce only after the couple meets the requirements of a no-fault divorce (such as living separate and apart for at least one year).
Advantages of a Legal Separation
Many couples seek a legal separation because it allows them to obtain legal protections, such as support and property division, without all of the emotional and financial stress of divorce. While a legal separation does not allow a married couple to separate their finances, it does allow both parties to legally separate their personal lives (i.e., they can move out of the marital home and stop sharing a bank account and other personal property).
How Long Does a Legal Separation Take?
While a legal separation can be granted immediately upon the filing of the petition, a judge will not grant a divorce until the one-year separation requirement has been met. This means that the length of a legal separation will depend on how long the couple waited to file for divorce.
Contact Our Houston Legal Separation Lawyers
If you are considering a legal separation, you should speak with an experienced family law attorney to learn more about your options and rights. At The Pollard Firm, PLLC, our Houston-based attorneys have over 30 years of experience helping families navigate the complexities of family law. We understand the emotional, financial, and familial issues at stake and will work hard to help you reach a favorable resolution.