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Considering a Separation in Portland

Not all couples are immediately certain divorce is the answer.  At these times, they may want to separate as they decide whether they can work out their issues or need to pursue a divorce. 

When you need a legal separation

Childless couples may be able to separate without legal agreement.  But when issues of child support and other financial considerations complicate the situation, they may need a legal separation in Portland. 

The decision to pursue a legal Portland separation is not an easy one.  The process resembles divorce in a number of ways:

  • The cost of a legal separation and a divorce are about the same.
  • The process generally involves the use of two attorneys.
  • If both spouses cannot agree to terms, decisions may be left to a judge.

It is important to seek the advice of an experienced Portland divorce attorney to help you make the right decision for you.  The Portland family law attorneys at Gearing, Rackner and Engle, LLP take the time to really listen to the details of your situation.  We make sure you understand all available options before you make this important decision.

The benefits of a legal separation

Ironing out your differences in a Portland separation can be a first step to learning to resolve the differences that are troubling your marriage.  And, if you later decide to divorce, you may find that the efforts you made to negotiate a legal separation can simplify the divorce process.

It is important to understand that a legal separation is not a divorce.  When you emerge from the separation process, you remain married.  You may be living apart, but you retain all the legal benefits of marriage.

Contact our premier law firm for the support you need

Each Portland divorce attorney at Gearing, Rackner and Engle, LLP has the experience and compassion needed to advise you on the intricacies of a legal separation in Portland.  And, when separation is right for you, we guide you through every step of the process.  If you are considering a legal separation in Oregon or Washington, contact us online, or call us at 503.222.9116.


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