Legal Separation

What is Legal Separation?

Many couples opt for a legal separation before making the final step toward divorce. Legal separation is a court order, but it does not end your marriage.  It is the decision to create two separate lives and household while still legally married.

Typically the purpose of a legal separation is to give the parties time and space to begin working toward agreements that affect custody, visitation, support, and division of property and assets.

A legal separation is not mandatory. Many couples move forward with a divorce quickly without a formal separation.


Is a Legal Separation right for you?

Below are some common reasons people choose a legal separation:

  • Need to be apart and decide if divorce really the right choice
  • Need for continuing medical benefits that divorce eliminate.
  • Religious beliefs


Michael Niewiadomy can advise you on the steps needed for a legal separation or divorce.  Initial consultations are free. 619-325-6658  or