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Tacoma Legal Separation Attorney

Understand the Grounds for Obtaining a Legal Separation

Many couples seek legal separation either prior to filing for a divorce or to avoid a divorce because of tax reasons, religious preferences, or in order to maintain government benefits. While legal separation is not considered a divorce and does not require a waiting period before being granted, it must be obtained through the court. A Tacoma divorce attorney from our firm can help clients prove that they are eligible for a legal separation on several grounds.

The court may grant a legal separation if:

  • The parties are incompatible
  • The marriage is failing due to irreconcilable differences
  • One of the spouses is currently incarcerated
  • Domestic abuse or violence is evident
  • One of the spouses abandoned the other for a period of at least a year

Reach out to us to arrange for a case evaluation with our Tacoma family lawyer.

What Does a Legal Separation Include?

A legal separation addresses several matters including the ownership, division and use of property, medical coverage, child custody, the payment of bills and debts, and a spouse's right to alimony or other support. The matters decided on in a legal separation can then be used if a divorce is filed for in order to avoid expensive disputes and delays when the divorce goes before a judge.

The Law Offices of F. Richard Ricketts Is on Your Side

If you wish to file for a legal separation from your spouse in Tacoma, contact our family law attorney today to schedule a consultation. We provide affordable yet professional and effective legal services to our clients. We have helped hundreds of clients since we opened our firm in 2003 and continue to provide outstanding legal support for the community.

Call the Law Offices of F. Richard Ricketts today at (253) 259-3501 to speak with our Tacoma family law attorney about filing for a legal separation.

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