The Similarities and Differences between Boca Raton Divorce and Separation

All states have detailed laws surrounding divorce, but not all states provide a means for legal separation—Florida is a state that does not directly support separation.  In spite of this, couples seeking a separation do have options to achieve a legally-binding separation or divorce.  It is important to understand the rules of separation and divorce in Boca Raton as dictated by Florida law.

The Results of Divorce and Separation in Boca Raton

Perhaps the most important difference between divorce and separation in Boca Raton is the end result.

  • Separation is not permanent:  The reasons for a separation involve a temporary break from living together.  The purpose of a separation may be to avoid conflict while trying to resolve issues.  Or, spouses may simply want to find out what living apart is like before pursuing a divorce.  But, particularly when children are involved, it may be important to obtain a legal agreement regarding important issues to cover the time of the separation.  Other issues, such as inheritance, do not change as the result of a separation.
  • Divorce is final:  Once a couple takes steps to divorce, the marriage is officially ended.  Even if couples later have to return to court to change the terms of a divorce, they do so as unmarried individuals.  Unless they are later remarried, inheritance and other potential benefits of marriage no longer apply.

Pursuing Divorce after Separation in Boca Raton

It is important to note that separating couples do not always need to legalize the terms of their separation.  If a marriage is short-term, financial issues are uncomplicated, and no children are involved, separating may be as simple as living apart.  But, if couples have legalized the terms, and if those terms are working well, they may have already achieved a good start in working toward an uncontested divorce.

When You Need Experienced Legal Support

Every couple filing divorce and those seeking legal agreement in their separation need the assistance of a divorce attorney in Boca Raton with the skills and experience to protect the interests of their clients. 

With nearly 30 years in private practice, the Law Offices of Richard B. Barkin represents individuals in divorce proceedings in Palm Beach and Broward Counties and the southern Atlantic coast of Florida.  We are skilled in handling both contested and uncontested divorce and help guide our clients to the right solution.  If you need legal advice and representation for a divorce, contact the Law Offices of Richard B. Barkin.


Richard B. Barkin is located in Boca Raton, FL and serves clients in and around Boca Raton, Delray Beach, Deerfield Beach, Pompano Beach, Palm Beach, Pahokee, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Fort Lauderdale, Hollywood, Dania, Broward County, Palm Beach County.

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