Before a married couple files for divorce in Lake County, Illinois, they may want to consider filing for a legal separation instead. A legal separation includes many of the same details as a divorce, but the couple can remain legally married. This may be a good option for those who need a break from each other and time to think about if they want to try to salvage the relationship, but are not ready to cut all ties. Like a divorce, a legal separation sets forth rules regarding child support and custody, alimony and property division.
Joe Flanigan, an actor who stars on Stargate Atlantis, and his actress wife have separated recently. The couple have been married for 17 years, but say that irreconcilable differences has led them to file for legal separation at this time. The two went their separate ways on November 13, but Flanigan’s wife, Katherine Kousi, just recently filed documents requesting legal separation.
The two have three sons together who range in age from seven to 13. Kousi is asking that Flanigan pay for her legal expenses and would like physical custody of the children.
If you are considering divorce, but are not quite ready to take that step yet, a legal separation may be a good option for you. It can give you peace of mind knowing that your interests and the interests of your children are being legally protected. You may wish to speak with an attorney experienced in family law to find out if a legal separation is right for you.
Source: Hollywood, “Joe Flanigan’s wife files for legal separation,” Jan. 28, 2014