There are alternatives to a divorce if you wish to divide your marital estate, obtain orders on custody, but remain legally married. The process is identical to a divorce, but the final order simply does not award a divorce, but rather you maintain your status as married. By statute, a legal separation deals only with possession of assets, not ultimate division; however, you can agree to divide assets if you so choose. Legal separation can also include an order for separate maintenance, which is the equivalent of alimony in divorce.
Legal separations are rare but do occur. These are generally done for religious reasons or if you need to maintain health insurance and can only do so by remaining married.
Call The Law offices of Andriea A. Aden, Esq., today at 775-622-9245 if you have questions regarding whether a divorce or a legal separation is best for you.