Supreme Court also hears actions for legal separation. A legal separation allows the marriage to remain intact while also allowing the spouses to resolve many marriage-related issues through a separation agreement or separation decree. The only marriage-related issue that a separation agreement or separation decree cannot resolve is equitable distribution of marital property. A spouse may want to pursue a legal separation rather than a divorce for a number of reasons. A spouse’s religious faith, for example, may not condone divorce. Most often, one or both spouses are not completely sure that they want to divorce. In this case, a legal separation is particularly attractive because either spouse has the option of converting the separation agreement or decree into a divorce after one year of compliance with its terms. The grounds for legal separation in New York are: Cruel and Inhuman Treatment, Abandonment, Non-Support, Adultery, and Imprisonment.
If you want to move on but are not quite sure you want to divorce your spouse, contact our legal separation attorneys today to discuss whether a legal separation is right for you. We provide services in Supreme Courts in the following counties: Albany, Columbia, Fulton, Greene, Montgomery, Rensselaer, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Warren, and Washington.