You can move out of your marital home and establish a separate residence, but you are not separated in the eyes of the law. Married couples are still jointly responsible for all marital debts and joint owners of all marital property unless you obtain a divorce or legal separation. At the Law Office of Stephen J. Bedor, we can find a solution that best suits your needs.

How Is Separation Different From Divorce?

A legal separation includes settlement of all of the issues involved in a divorce, including the following:

The primary difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that a separation does not allow the two parties to remarry.

We have more than 30 years of experience representing clients in legal separation. Clients throughout Lake Oswego and the Portland area trust Stephen J. Bedor to protect their interests as he works to achieve a positive outcome to all the issues involved.

Common Reasons For Choosing Legal Separation

Although every situation is different, there are a number of reasons to consider filing for a legal separation rather than a divorce, including:

  • Religious reasons: Some religions do not allow divorce.

  • Uncertainty: Some couples use a legal separation as a decision-making period that may or may not lead to divorce.

  • Health insurance: Your spouse may be able to continue to be covered by your health insurance, or vice versa, if you are legally separated. Divorce ends this option.

If you believe legal separation is right for you, please contact our law firm to schedule a consultation. You can rely on our lawyer to guide you through the process as efficiently as possible. Arrange a personal consultation with Stephen J. Bedor at 503-212-4878, or send us an email.