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Do You Need an Attorney if Your Divorce is Uncontested?

If you and your spouse are having an amicable split and neither of you has chosen to contest anything in the divorce petition, you might think an attorney is unnecessary. There are couples capable of a “no fuss” divorce, but representation from an experienced attorney is still important. The important thing each spouse should understand is that they are transitioning from a couple to an individual again, and as such, they must do whatever it takes to protect their individual interests. Even if you trust your soon-to-be-former spouse to not take advantage of you, strong legal representation is still a necessity.

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What is Legal Separation?

Separating from your spouse and getting a divorce are two different things. Divorce is a legal end to the marriage, whereas separation can occur for just a few days or weeks, and then a couple can reunite as if nothing ever happened. In this latter case, the law is not involved. However, there is an in-between option that allows for legal governance of a couple’s separation without ending the marriage. This is usually referred to as a legal separation.

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