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Legal Separation Attorney Franklin, Tennessee

Legal Separation vs. Divorce

Legal Separation in Tennessee is a legal alternative to divorce. When a relationship has ended the obligations of one spouse to the other spouse may still exist. Although less common today than in the past some people find that a legal separation better suits their situation than does a divorce. With a legal separation the parties are not divorced, therefore, spouses remain eligible for health care plans, available through the Husband's or Wife's employer, medical insurance companies may deny coverage of a pre-existing condition when a recently divorced person applies for new health insurance coverage. COBRA Insurance may be available after a divorce, for a limited period of time, but can be substantially more expensive than remaining on the policy. Sometimes Husband and Wife will agree to not inform the employer or the insurance company that a divorce has occurred. In addition to being Fraud, if discovered the insurance company will deny any claims on the policy, sue the parties for any claims that have been paid post-divorce and if a significant injury or medical condition has arisen this may be determined by a subsequent health insurance company to be pre-existing. if your relationship with your spouse has ended, but you find that you need continued medical coverage and you don't think that you would qualify for or afford another policy, you should contact an experienced attorney who has helped people like yourself determine if a legal separation is best for their situation. To discuss your matter in detail you should contact John M. Milazo of the Franklin, TN Law Firm Milazo Law, P.C. located in Williamson County, who has more than 14 years of experience. For a Free Initial Consultation please call (615) 599-7719 or you may CLICK HERE to leave a message through this website that will be promptly returned.

Legal Separation For Religious Reasons

Some people are morally or ethically opposed to divorce and may find that a legal separation is necessary to protect them from the actions of their Husband or Wife. Some religions prohibit members from getting divorced. Divorce and subsequent remarriage may be prohibited as adultery which is forbidden by the Ten Commandments. Historically, this has caused many people to remain in relationships that are unhealthy and sometimes even dangerous. A cheating spouse can transfer diseases to an innocent spouse who may feel compelled to maintain the marriage. Domestic Violence, Drug or Alcohol Abuse, Gambling, Pornography and other addictions have been endured by devout members of some strict religions. It is for this reason that legal separation was created. With a legal separation assets can be divided and thereby protected from a wasteful spouse, spousal support known as separate maintenance can be Ordered by the Court in order to maintain the lifestyle of the innocent spouse, a parenting plan addressing child custody and child support can be established, but the parties remain legally married. Many people have found this to be a sufficient alternative to a divorce that would be forbidden based upon their religious beliefs. For more than 14 years, John M. Milazo of the Law Firm Milazo Law, P.C. has helped many people get legally separated for religious and other reasons in Williamson County, Maury County and other counties throughout Middle Tennessee.

Legal Separation Lawyer Williamson County, TN

In a legal separation the parties generally enter into a separation agreement that specifically defines the terms of the separation. A Court can deny a divorce and Order the parties legally separated but this rarely occurs. In most cases, the parties must agree to legally separate, instead of divorcing. Being legally separated for more than 2 years is a legal ground upon which a divorce can be granted, therefore, even if both parties agree to be legally separated after 2 years either party can file a divorce and the Court will grant it and declare the parties divorced. After the parties have divorced, following a legal separation, medical insurance may still be available through COBRA. Assets such as real estate, bank accounts, retirement accounts and others acquired after the parties have been legally separated can be divided by the Court later in an action for divorce unless the Separation Agreement of the parties specifically states that newly acquired assets will not be divided. Affairs or extra-marital relationships are not permitted in a legal separation and will be treated as adultery or inappropriate marital conduct and give rise to grounds for divorce which can affect alimony and other aspects of the divorce decree. A legal separation can be complicated and may not be right for your situation. Typically the parties usually end up divorcing eventually even over the objection of one party. In most cases, the higher earning spouse is disadvantaged by a legal separation rather than a divorce. A legal separation that ultimately is converted to a divorce will generally result in more legal fees than if the parties originally divorced. For many reasons including those noted above, the additional expense may be outweighed by the benefit of remaining married for an additional 2 years. John M. Milazo has been practicing family law for more than 14 years and can help you decide if a legal separation is advantageous to you. For a Free Initial Consultation you may contact John M. Milazo at (615) 599-7719 or you may CLICK HERE to leave a message through this website that will be returned shortly.

Columbia, TN | Maury County, Tennessee Legal Separation Lawyer

Serving clients in Williamson County, Franklin, Tennessee Fairview, Tennessee Spring Hill, Tennessee Brentwood, Tennessee Maury County, Tennessee Coulmbia, Tennessee Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee Davidson County, Tennessee Nashville, Pulaski TN, Giles County, Tennessee Waynesboro, TN Wayne County Hickman County, Tennessee Centerville, Tennessee Lyles, Tennessee Lewis County, Rutherford County, Tennessee Murfreesboro, Tennessee Smyrna, Tennessee Sumner County, Tennessee Gallatin, Tennessee Dickson County, Tennessee Dickson, Tennessee Tennessee Hohenwald, Tennessee Perry County, Tennessee Linden, Tennessee Bedford County, Tennessee Shelbyville, Tennessee Marshall County, Tennessee Lewisburg, Tennessee Burns, Tennessee Robertson County, Tennessee Springfield, Tennessee and Giles County, Tennessee Pulaski, Tennessee John M. Milazo would be happy to serve you as well.

By John Milazo

Address: 109 Cleburne Street, Franklin, TN 37064  Phone: (615) 599-7719