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It is not easy for some people to come to the decision to divorce their spouse. For months, or even years, they may go back and forth between getting a divorce or trying to make it work, but may still have no idea what to do about their marriage. When this happens, some couples may look into legal separation before making that big decision to divorce.

One of the main differences between separation and divorce is that when two people are separated they are still legally married. Much like divorce, when two people become legally separated, there is the issue of child custody, property division and separation maintenance that may need to be discussed. They may not be living together, but both spouses still have certain responsibilities that they must tend to during the separation period and, should they divorce after the marriage has ended.

With any legal matter regarding marriage, people may wish to speak to an attorney. Before making the decision to divorce, they may find that a legal separation is the best option. However, some do realize that their marriage is over and that it would be wise for them to get divorced. It is this uncertainty that may cause people to speak to an attorney before they make a decision about how they want to handle their marriage.

If you and your spouse are considering divorcing, then you may want to contact an attorney. All states have rules and laws regarding divorce that may cause some confusion, and an attorney may be able to clear things up for you. You still may not be sure about your decision to divorce, but with someone to lay out the process and all the options available to you, you may be able to finally make a decision.

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