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    Legal Separation Attorneys Serving Gainesville, FL

    Serving North and South Florida from our offices in Jacksonville, Fleming Island, Daytona Beach, Gainesville, Boca Raton, Tampa, Ft. Walton Beach, Pensacola, and Ft. Lauderdale, FL

    If you’re facing a legal separation, an attorney can put you in a better situation and prepare you for whatever comes next in your life. In most cases, a legal separation is the period of time prior to divorce – a couple is still legally married, but there are special considerations that must be taken into account.

    Legal Separation in Gainesville

    The state of Florida does not recognize the concept of legal separation but there are legal provisions regarding spousal support, child custody and visitation, which will affect this temporary period of your life.

    For instance, even though you’re still legally married, you may petition the court for child support during a legal separation. In some cases, you may even be able to petition for alimony.

    An Alternative to Legal Separation

    Residents of Gainesville who are separated can use an action known as “Support Unconnected with Dissolution of Marriage” which according to Florida law, allows a couple planning to live apart to have preset terms that can be approved by the court. This can be very helpful in establishing terms and structure to the new relationship that can continue after the divorce.

    Contracts

    Another alternative to a legal separation is a legal contract setting the terms of a particular aspect of your separation. For example, you may need a contract to outline the terms of child support for the period of time that you are separated but still legally married.

    For legal help regarding your separation in Gainesville, Florida, contact us at Kenny Leigh & Associates. Our family law attorneys can help you make the best of this difficult time and create legal constructs that will support you and your family in the future.