I may pursue divorce at some point but her religious convictions only allow for divorce on certain grounds which are not present at the moment. So a divorce in this instance would prove to be traumatic. But the relationship has irreparably broken down, defamatory comments being made to others that reflect on my character and other vindictive occurrences experienced. I am concerned that in my absence I may incur financial liabilities. So my question is: will I have grounds for which a 'legal separation' would be granted? If so, who do I approach?
Thank you for your assistance
I have always understood that, further to a couple physically separating, there was a legal process whereby their condition would be recognized in law so that their marital status, while it lasts, would not allow either to incur debts that could be required of the other nor for either to be restricted from applying for means-tested benefits as a person alone. Is there such a legally recognized condition as 'legally separated'?
Your explanation of Judicial Separation is very helpful. With regard to divorce: Is there a requirement of mediation (which I would not want)? or a minimum period of separation? And if both agree to the divorce and there are no disputes about children, property, money, etc, can the suit be dealt with by the court without either party attending? What would be an average cost of such a divorce process?
Thank you once again for your insight into the detail of family law.