There are several reasons married couples wish to have a legal separation. A few of these include tax and income issues, debt collections and religious reasons. Unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not allow a person to get remarried, because they are still considered married under the eyes of the law. Legal separations are typically uncontested by both parties, which means Attorney Travis Strobach can charge a minimal flat fee for his services.
Legal separations follow the same formalities as a divorce. This means they require each person provide a statement of income and expenses. This means you and your soon to be ex will have to disclose their monthly gross and net income, last 3 years of tax returns, all anticipated living expenses after the divorce are included (rent/mortgage/vehicles/loans/credit card debit/health insurance premiums and costs/personal expenses/ child care if necessary and charitable contributions) to name only a few.
Statement of marital/non-marital property and debt is also required. This includes, but is not limited to bank accounts, retirement and life insurance plans, real estate, businesses and all debts accumulated outside and within the marriage.
If you have children, there is a requirement under Missouri and Illinois state law that you and your soon to be ex attend a class to inform you on how to manage and teach your children how to deal with the separation. These classes are on average 2 hours and costs are very minimal.
Additionally, courts require and Travis Strobach will handle for you the following: a separation settlement agreement, a joint parenting agreement (if with child(ren)), confidential family docketing sheets and judgement and order of separation.