Dissolving a Putative Marriage

A putative marriage is a marriage where one or both parties did not realize that their marriage was not legal until they began the process of seeking a marital dissolution. In some states, the innocent spouse or putative spouse is entitled to property rights and support as they would in a legally valid marraige.

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The Advantages of Legal Separation

Legal separation has many benefits and advantages, including financial and insurance benefits, and providing parameters for co-parenting, child support, and spousal support while maintaining the status of being married.

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What is a separation?

Separation occurs when a couple who is married decides that they want to try living apart. Separation is often, but not always, a precursor to divorce. However, separation can also have different meanings in different states. Some states recognize the concept of a ‘legal separation,’ and such a formal arrangement can expedite the process of divorce. Others do not recognize a state known as ‘legal separation’ but may still enforce a separation agreement if the couple draws one up.

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Legal Annulments

An annulment makes a marriage null and void. The rules for when an annulment might be granted vary from state to state. However, in general, an annulment is granted because one or more conditions for the marriage to be upheld were not followed.

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