By: Jessica A. Saldin
In a prior post I discussed the effect a long-term physical separation may have on your Colorado divorce case. A physical separation is not a legal process and simply refers to a period of time when you and your spouse lived apart. In contrast, though, there is a legal process- known as a legal separation- that can be pursued instead of a divorce. A common question is how a legal separation differs from a divorce case.
Procedurally, a divorce case and a legal separation case are very similar. Both start with the filing of a petition and obtaining personal service over the other party. Both cases start with an initial status conference and an order for mediation. Ultimately, if the parties are not able to resolve the case by agreement, both a divorce and legal separation requiring a permanent orders hearing to let the judge make the ultimate decision regarding the various relevant issues. Continue reading