Although it is not required that parties separate upon divorce, it is usually the case. It is also possible to obtain a legal separation in Missouri prior to, or as an alternative to, divorce. In a legal separation, the spouses remain legally married, but are separated, with the terms and conditions of the separation approved and ordered by the court.
The parties may make, or the court may order, provisions regarding the division of property, the provision of maintenance and, if children are involved, the custody, visitation, and support arrangements. The proceeding is very similar to a divorce, but the parties remain legally married. A decree of legal separation may subsequently be converted into a divorce decree by motion of either party.
Kansas City family law attorney Mark A. Wortman can assist with all aspects of legal separation in Missouri. We welcome you to contact our law office for a consultation.