Trial separation?

Often couples will separate physically, but agree that the separation is not intended to be permanent. This offers couples time to decide whether they wish to remain separated or not and to try counseling. However, for purposes of divorce, the separation does not begin until the at least one spouse has expressed an intent for the separation to be permanent.

Lisa M. Angel
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
The Rosen Law Firm
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is there such a thing as a trial separation as we have decided to physically separate, after 25+years to work things out or proceed to a separation and divorce ? if yes, what are the pros and cons? we have decided on physical assets and need to help with the financials if needed .