How And Why To Pursue Legal Separation

Pennsylvania does not have a formal process for legal separation. However, married couples may choose to enter a private separation agreement — a type of postnuptial contract that outlines both parties' rights and expectations.

There are many reasons why couples decide to pursue a separation agreement:

  • For some, religious values or social considerations make separation a more attractive option than divorce.
  • For others, separation affords both parties more time to ease into the major transitions and expenses involved in formal divorce proceedings. The separation agreement can form the basis for a settlement agreement later on.
  • If only one spouse desires divorce and must therefore wait two years after separation before filing, a separation agreement can govern the parties' interactions in the meantime.

A separation agreement allows you to address many of the same issues raised by divorce — including property division, financial matters, alimony, child custody and living arrangements — but without the finality and inflexibility of a divorce decree.

The Importance Of Legal Counsel

Professional legal guidance is critical for establishing a successful separation agreement — and protecting your interests in the process. At Frank, Gale, Bails, Murcko & Pocrass, P.C., one of Pittsburgh's most distinguished law firms, we provide experienced guidance on separation agreements.

Our attorneys offer the advantage of extensive experience in the family law field.

We have earned an esteemed reputation for our innovation and results, particularly in the niche area of high-asset family law. Our lawyers possess a thorough understanding of the complex financial considerations that play a key role in these cases.

Whether you are facing divorce or separation, you will find trusted and discreet legal counsel at our firm. Get professional guidance by calling 412-944-2739. You may also contact us online to schedule a confidential consultation.