A legal separation is a procedure whereby a man and woman is separated while still being legally married to each other. Another term for it is known as judicial separation. The major process involved is for the husband and wife to seek legal mediation services which will enter a petition in court for their separation to be recognized. Most couples involved with this procedure are not certain if they actually want a divorce or not. The procedure gives the couple an opportunity to consider their decision and live apart. Though, they’re still married to each other; reconciliation then becomes very easy.
The major reasons while couples prefer judicial separation to divorce is because of the financial implications as employing legal mediation services is cheaper than hiring lawyers for divorce. A legal separation permits the preservation of some insurance benefits, medical benefits, and other numerous benefits that will come to an end if there is a divorce. Not only that, but the couple can also make decisions with respect to their financial obligations and can then fulfil those obligations before divorcing each other. After divorcing each other, these financial obligations are termed "separate maintenance".
Another reason for a legal separation in London is the Divorce Waiting Periods. The couple might not like to live with each other during the time their state required for them to wait before divorcing each other hence, employing legal mediation services for their judicial separation. Apart from that, but also in some particular cases, getting a full and final divorce will be highly complicated. After then, the couple can now show their seriousness concerning divorce by not living together for a longer time.
When it comes to judicial separation, it is the court that defines each spouse’s roles and responsibilities after separation. Issues like this are addressed formally in the agreement of the separation. The separation agreement signed by the couple is tailored towards resolving any debt, property, alimony, visitation, child custody, tax, insurance, and child support matters that exist between the couple. The mediation service will present the list of issues that are normally addressed in a separation agreement. When the couple acknowledged them, then they will both sign the contract. If finally, they made a decision to divorce each other, the legal separation agreement that was carried out by the legal mediation services provider will now be changed to divorce settlement agreement. However, if the couple wishes to proceed with divorcing each other, then a divorce suit must be filed explicitly in court with the help of their lawyers. And Surrey Mediation Service provide best and effective legal advice London with affordable divorce lawyers.