Pursuant to Connecticut law, a judgment of legal separation is very similar to a judgment of divorce, the major distinction being that the parties are still married. As in divorce, a judgment of legal separation will include custody orders, child support, alimony and orders of property distribution. The procedure for obtaining a judgment of legal separation is the same as for obtaining a divorce.
Sometimes religious convictions lead people to inquire as to legal separation versus divorce. Other times there are practical considerations that may make legal separation more beneficial than divorce. For example, some employers allow the spouse to remain on a family medical policy even if the parties are legally separated. This can be an important consideration if a spouse has a medical condition.
Judgments of legal separation may later be converted into divorce judgments upon motion by either party. At the time the judgment is converted, the Court must find the terms of the judgment to be fair and equitable.
Are you struggling with whether a divorce or legal separation makes the most sense? Do not make the choice without knowing the laws and how they may apply to you. Our Family Law Practice Group has years of experience and practical knowledge to assist you. Call our Family Law Practice Group for a consultation today.