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Can a Legal Separation Help Couples Struggling During the Coronavirus Pandemic?


Since the beginning of 2021 I have spoken with many couples who are really struggling with their marriages and looking for solutions and a fresh start.

These couples are sad, confused, and not quite sure what path to take. They often say, “I don’t know what to do, I’m conflicted.” Just the idea of divorce for some is paralyzing. Ending one’s love story is not as easy as you might think.

There’s a lot of inner turmoil, fear of the unknown, and often a deep desire to keep the family together, especially during these challenging times. But issues are escalating, being in close quarters is making living together impossible, and couples are looking for some type of relief.

For those who are not quite ready to plunge into a divorce, and when living apart could be an important first step, I sometimes recommend a physical separation. A legal separation is a contractually defined and court-honored agreement between a couple who has chosen to live apart.

As one of my family-friendly divorce tools, depending on some of the psychological components of the marriage, I show couples how taking this measure can have constructive benefits as their first step in considering whether or not to divorce, especially now!

A legal separation can kick-start making some important decisions about:

1. Child support

2. Visitation

3. Spousal support

4. Assets

5. Real estate

6. Analysis of monthly expenses

7. Development of a budget

For those couples who might want to stay married, it is possible to cancel the agreement. My motto is, “whenever a marriage can reasonably be saved, without harm, it should be attempted.”

In addition, a legal separation can provide some important benefits:

1. Spending time apart can help clear your head;

2. Give you the opportunity to lay out terms of divorce in advance;

3. Get some guidance from a marriage counselor/therapist;

4. Introduce spending time apart to the children;

5. Maintaining health insurance coverage.

Divorce is not one size fits all. Sometimes divorce is not the final answer and a legal separation can be a helpful vehicle for getting a marriage back on track.

If you need some creative advice on how to approach your divorce, drafting a separation agreement, and leaving you options to reconcile, if that’s your wish, call me.

With over 35 years of experience as a psychologically-trained divorce attorney and mediator, I can draft a thorough agreement and provide you with the support and tools necessary to start your divorce journey during this unpredictable time.

Speak with me so I can educate you, and guide you on how a legal separation works!

Call me now to schedule your free consultation. 212.734.1551.

I promise to listen, and I will give you good advice.

During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic all ourFREE 1 HOUR CONSULTATIONS are discreetly and conveniently conducted virtually to reduce risk.

I look forward to speaking with you!

Stay healthy and safe!

Warm regards,


Call New York Divorce Lawyer Lois Brenner to learn all about a legal separation!

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