Many married couples may be living together while separated, when in reality they are leading separate lives. In a growing trend, particularly among long-married couples, some husbands and wives do not move on even when the marriage is over.
Their reasons for not getting divorced may include:
- One or both of the spouses may not be emotionally ready to formally and permanently call it quits
- There may be hopes of reconciliation
- They may want to continue living together for the children, sometimes after the kids have started college and beyond
- Not knowing what to expect during the divorce process
- Fears of the unknown when it comes to life after divorce
- And, in many cases, one or both spouses cannot afford to live on their own or maintain their current lifestyle.
There are a number of reasons why couples may delay divorce, but it is important to understand that, in many states:
- couples must live apart physically for a specified period of time before they can begin divorce proceedings
- Until the legal process begins, spouses are liable for the other’s debts and the division of marital assets will be delayed, both of which can be financially disadvantageous
- If there are child custody concerns, continuing to reside with your spouse under the same roof with the children despite the fact your leading ‘separate lives’ may factor into a child custody determination when you are ready to move on
Contact a Waukesha Legal Separation Divorce Lawyer
It is important to protect yourself financially if you are considering divorce now or in the future. The first step is to get the information you need. If you have questions regarding legal separation or divorce in Wisconsin, contact the Family Law attorneys of Probst Law Offices for a free consultation at 414-210-3135.