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Legal Separation in Texas: An Alternative to Divorce

Although the phrase is frequently used, there is no such thing as a legal separation in Texas. Either people are married, or they are not. However, there is a legal way to live apart from your spouse. The legal method is to obtain a temporary order from the court which can usually be obtained within 30 days of the initial filing.

At the Law Offices of Frank E. Mann, P.C., we work with people at all stages of their married lives to make sure they know their options and how to protect their rights when they live separately from a spouse. People often consult with us when they begin the divorce process or when they wish to stay married but live apart. We are very knowledgeable about separation in Texas while you are going through a divorce and can get you set up to avoid surprises later on. Educating people about their situations and their possibilities is a hallmark of our practice.

Learn more about filing for legal separation in Texas. Contact us at (713) 903-8112 today!

Separation During the Divorce Process

Unless the divorce will be completed very quickly, it is critical to have a lawyer obtain temporary orders for child support, child custody, spousal support, and visitation. These orders, if approved by the divorce court judge, will be in effect until the court issues a final order of divorce. The temporary orders are operational before a final order is issued.

Temporary Orders May Become Permanent

Judges are inclined to review the success of temporary orders and apply them to the final decree. This is especially true for orders involving child custody and visitation, as the court is interested in the best interests of the child and does not want to disrupt a child’s life unduly. Thus, having temporary orders that meet your needs during divorce is important.

Separation When You Can No Longer Live Together

Some people find they can no longer live together as husband and wife but do not wish to get divorced. The reasons for this vary, but they are usually based in the belief that divorce is wrong in their religious tradition.

In circumstances like this, we prepare temporary maintenance orders dealing with child support, child custody, and alimony. When the parties agree on the details, the court will approve these orders, which will remain in effect until the parties modify them or the orders expire.

Trial Separations

Couples sometimes view separation as a trial period for a divorce, separating to find out whether this is what they really want. They proceed to divorce or reconciliation after the trial separation period. Even if they intend the trial period to be short, it is important that they obtain orders about maintenance, custody, and support to protect themselves.

Call our Houston separation attorney at (713) 903-8112 for more information.

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