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There may be advantages to a legal separation before divorce

Sometimes, when a married couple in Washington initially separates, they choose to treat it as a trial separation, giving them the time and space needed to determine if they want to move forward with a divorce or whether there is a possibility of reconciliation. However, are there any advantages for a couple to simply remain separated, without ever moving forward with a formal divorce?

Legal advice can be invaluable during property division

For the most part, the longer a couple in Gig Harbor has been married, the more possessions they have accumulated. They may have furniture, electronics, appliances, collections, artwork, a home or two and automobiles. Moreover, they may have accumulated significantly valuable intangible assets, such as bank accounts, retirement funds and stock accounts. As such, should a couple in Gig Harbor decide to divorce, they face the difficult process of splitting up the property they spent so many years accumulating.

Collaborative law may be an option for an amicable split

When a person in Gig Harbor faces the fact that his or her marriage is over, he or she heads down the road towards divorce. For some people, this road is rocky, with much anger and a winner-takes-all attitude, all of which is costly, both financially and emotionally. For other people, this road can be smoother if that person and his or her ex are both interested in seeking an alternative to litigation -- a collaborative divorce.

How are Social Security benefits handled post-divorce?

Most people in Gig Harbor look forward to one day retiring and the freedom that comes with it to pursue their hobbies and interests. However, those who have divorced, and especially those who have gotten a "grey divorce," may have concerns about how they will fund their retirement. These individuals may wonder if there is a way they can collect Social Security retirement benefits based on their ex's record, even if they have divorced.

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