Yes, you can be legally separated and still live in the same house, just as you can be legally divorced in Washington State and live in the same house. Getting a divorce or a legal separation cuts many ties between two people, but they still have the freedom to live under the same roof if they wish. While this may seem odd to many, some divorced or legally separated couples choose to continue living together for any number of reasons. Some wish to continue raising their children together, while others choose to stay together in the same physical space for financial reasons.
Legal separation and divorce are surprisingly similar in Washington State: at the end of both processes, the couple has no financial ties and has divided their shared property, assets, and debts. The only technical difference is that a legally separated couple is still legally married. Why do some people choose legal separation? Today, legal separation is often an option for couples who still want some of the benefits of being married (such as health insurance coverage), couples that belong to a religion that frowns upon divorce, and couples who are unsure about the finality of divorce.
Are you considering a legal separation or a divorce? Are you unsure of which option is best for you and your family? Hiring an experienced and assertive Seattle divorce attorney can help make sure that you know your legal options and the pros and cons of each. To schedule an appointment at the Law Offices of Molly B. Kenny, call today: 425-460-0550.