Legal Separation

Wisconsin Legal Separation Attorneys

Experienced Madison Legal Counsel for Your Legal Separation

Legal separation in Wisconsin is similar to divorce because it involves a court order declaring that all the issues involving the marriage have been resolved, including:

couple going through legal separation

What is the Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce in Wisconsin?

The major difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that the former does not change your marital status in a way that allows either party to remarry. Depending on your specific circumstances, legal separation may be the right choice for you.

  • You may choose a legal separation over a divorce for religious reasons
  • Financial reasons
  • You or your spouse may have benefits that you would lose in a divorce
  • Health insurance coverage

Although either party can request a legal separation, for this request to be granted by the court, both parties must agree that they want a legal separation instead of a divorce. You can discuss your options with a Madison legal separation attorney during your consultation at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C.

Can a Legal Separation be Reversed?

If you and your spouse are granted a legal separation and reconcile thereafter, you may ask the court for a revocation of the legal separation judgment. On the other hand, if you are granted a legal separation and any time thereafter both parties agree to divorce, the court will convert the judgment of legal separation to a judgement of divorce. If only one party wants to convert the legal separation judgment to a divorce judgment, he or she must wait at least one year after the legal separation was granted by the court to make the request.

Deciding if Madison Legal Separation is Right for You

Our Madison legal separation lawyers at Balisle Family Law Legal Counsel, S.C. have nearly 50 years of combined experience handling legal separations. We can help you decide whether a legal separation or divorce is right for you and can help you through whatever process you decide is in your best interest.