“Choosing to divorce or remain in a marriage is a difficult decision that requires time for careful thought,” says attorney Joe Nivin. “Sometimes married couples will choose to live apart before deciding 
to make such a big life altering change.”

In the state of New York, a legal separation can be used as a short or long term alternative to divorce. An experienced family attorney can help with a legal separation agreement that provides spousal support, direction on the use of marital assets and property and help define the responsibility of marital debts and other obligations.

While the couple is living apart, a legal separation in New York can protect the benefits of marriage such as health insurance. A legal separation agreement can also be used as a post-nuptial (postnup) contract. In
 addition, if a couple eventually makes the decision to divorce, some of the legal issues that were worked out during the separation can make the divorce less difficult, as many of the agreed on items can transfer to the divorce agreement.

The Law Offices of Joseph H. Nivin, P.C. can start working for you today to negotiate the terms and prepare all the necessary paperwork for a legal separation agreement.