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Divorce Lawyers in in Bridgeport and throughout West Virginia

When couples cannot reconcile their differences, they may consider divorce or legal separation. Our divorce lawyers in Bridgeport and Clarksburg at Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC take a compassionate approach to helping our clients deal with a difficult marriage. We can help you understand your rights and available options so you can make the right decisions.

Difference between separation and divorce

A legal separation enables a couple to remain married but live apart from each other. They must agree on the terms of their separation, including:

  • Property division
  • Child support
  • Child custody
  • Payment or waiver of spousal support
  • Settle and compromise on any other marital rights and obligations

To legally separate, couples must sign a separation agreement and submit it to the court for approval. Separating often allows time to get a more objective view of your marital relationship and decide whether you want to pursue a divorce or reconcile. In many ways a separation is like a divorce. However, spouses cannot marry another person and are often still able to enjoy certain marriage benefits, such as meeting the 10-year Social Security, military, or retirement benefits requirements.

Divorce is a much more final decision than a legal separation and actually ends the marriage. Divorce settlements can be reached outside of court or through litigation, where the court rules on issues for you.

A Clarksburg divorce lawyer can help you evaluate whether to separate or divorce

By reviewing your situation with Bridgeport divorce law firm, you can weigh the pros and cons of divorce and separation. Some couples choose to separate instead of divorce for financial reasons—such as minimizing taxes or qualifying as a couple for health insurance. Religious or moral reasons are also considerations for separating instead of divorcing.

Clarksburg divorce law firms can ease you through the legal process

Consulting a lawyer about your marital difficulties can help reduce stress. We explain the legal processes available, tell you what to expect, and how the legal approach can solve your problems. We handle all paperwork for you so you do not have to worry about whether forms were properly filled out or whether your situation is adequately explained to the court.

Contact the firm today

In family law matters such as divorce or separation, you can obtain fee information by phone, or schedule a consultation. To obtain fee information or a consultation contact Kaufman & McPherson, PLLC today.