Legal Separation

Legal Separation in Ohio

Marriages in Ohio can be terminated in a few ways, including through divorce, legal separation, or annulment. Just because there are different ways to end a marriage does not mean that one is less difficult or less stressful than another. Each can be an incredibly emotional, difficult process that requires the immediate attention of a Columbus family lawyer.

At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., we completely understand how valuable a smooth legal separation can be to your peace of mind. We have more than 100 years of combined legal experience, and our Columbus family law attorneys are nationally recognized by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Ohio Trial Lawyers. We are completely dedicated to providing legal representation that helps clients attain satisfactory resolutions.

No matter what issues surround your decision to file for divorce or legal separation, you can rest assured that our firm can help you every step of the way. With the right representation from a Columbus legal separation attorney, you can move forward and transition into this new chapter of your life positively. When your family law matters seem too confusing or too overwhelming, we are here to help!

Is a legal separation right for me?

A legal separation is different from a divorce because two parties jointly submit a separation agreement that essentially declares that the two have separated from one another. Upon filing for a legal separation, the separating couple will essentially be treated as a divorced couple. The separating couple stays legally married but can make provisions that go along with a separation and divorce.

If you are considering filing for a legal separation in Ohio, you will need to speak with our Columbus family lawyers. We can help you draft the necessary documents or even act as a mediator or negotiator between parties needing to make difficult decisions. Some issues that you will need to address during the legal separation process include:

  • Child custody, visitation, or child support of any minor children born as issue of the marriage or adopted by the parents
  • Division of liabilities (determination of responsibility for marital debts)
  • Division of marital assets (real and personal property including bank accounts, pension funds, or retirement accounts)
  • Spousal support / maintenance (alimony)

Legal separation can be ideal for many couples looking to dissolve their marriages. Some file for legal separation because they do not meet the Ohio residential requirements to file for divorce. Some Ohioans file for legal separation for personal or religious reasons. Other times, legal separations often turn into divorce once a separating couple fulfills the residential requirement or when a couple cannot agree on the terms discussed in during the separation process.

Solutions Are Just a Phone Call Away

No matter what your circumstances may be, you can trust that a Columbus divorce lawyer from The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. can provide personal and attentive legal representation to help you every step of the way. Legal separation is not an easy decision, nor is it an easy process. Knowing that you have solid legal representation by your side can provide peace of mind and can help you move forward.

We are proud to offer personal and attentive services to our clients and we keep our attorneys on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Although we are aggressive in representing your case in trial, we proudly help our clients through mediation and negotiation as well. If you are ready to discuss your case, we would happily welcome you to our firm for a free case evaluation.

Contact our firm today!