Legal Separation

Legal Separation Advice From Glendale Property Division Attorneys and Child Custody Lawyers

Divorce can be a difficult decision. For those who are not ready to officially dissolve their marriage, or for those who do not want to get a divorce for religious, cultural or other personal reasons, legal separation may be a good option. For all intents and purposes, legal separation is like a divorce, but the couple is still legally married.

Sometimes couples do not know whether legal separation or divorce is the best option for them. If you are struggling to decide which option is best, the Phoenix Law Office of Karen Schoenau, can help. Our attorneys will discuss the matters of divorce and legal separation with you, and will explain the differences and legal ramifications of each. We make sure that you have all the information so you can make a sound decision about your future.

Legal Separation Issues

Couples getting a legal separation must determine the same issues as in a divorce, including:

  • Property division
  • Child custody and visitation
  • Spousal maintenance (also called spousal support or alimony)
  • Child support

This means that the procedures for determining these issues are also like that in a divorce, such as fact gathering, negotiating, and litigating. This also means that if there is a significant change in circumstances after the legal separation, parties will need to make a formal modification of the order with the court.

At the Law Office of Karen Schoenau, our Phoenix legal separation lawyers serve as strong client advocates in these matters. We work hard to protect our clients’ interests and achieve a positive outcome through negotiations or courtroom action if necessary.

Contact a Lawyer Today

While there is a nearly unlimited amount of legal information on the Internet, the best way to get real answers about legal separation in Arizona is to talk to an attorney directly. Contact attorney Karen Schoenau, by calling us at 480-209-1918 or toll free at 888-453-1437. You can also contact our family law attorneys online.

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Karen is highly respected in the legal community. She is effective and thorough. Karen just keeps going regardless of the odds.
Karen was extremely helpful setting up my petition for conciliation. She is by far the most knowledgeable attorney regarding the necessary paperwork, how to file the petition and where it has to be submitted. She listened intently when I was describing my situation and intentions. She was very responsive to my questions and request. She is trustworthy and diligent . I would recommend her to anyone having marital issues. Mark
Very high customer/client considerate. We found Karen when we were forced to leave another Phoenix lawyer due to his bad advice and lack of interest to help us. We were in Phoenix for six days from Michigan with nothing happening but a high wasted expense. Karen and her firm took us in and solved our issue with the courts etc. in two and a half days. Karen’s professionalism with us was very cost effective/productive. If we would have found her first, we would have saved thousands of dollars. Her interest for us was very high. She returned every call. She knew every answer to our questions. She did this for us with a death in her family. She left for a funeral and made sure we were treated with the same professionalism from her firm to finish up. I recommend Karen and her firm with very high satisfaction. Our case is custody with one parent in prison. We will return to Phoenix someday with interests for the child and his parent, if needed. Karen will be our top choice. Nolan
Karen and Bonita are wonderful!! I know that the word "wonderful" is used a lot, but the team they make and the work they did for me can only be described as WONDERFUL!! Yes there where ups and downs in my case, but that is the system and Karen along with Bonita guided and taught me as "WE" went through it together. Karen’s easy going manner and her knowledge really helped me with the emotional part of my divorce. I used the team of Karen and Bonita both times I needed to go to court with my ex and had results that were best for my little girl. Some times I did not get what I wanted, but it was what my daughter needed. Looking back at my case, I made the right choice and would do it again in a heart beat!! Jim
Karen was extremely supportive during a very trying time in our lives. She helped me to put things in perspective and think positive when I was overwhelmed. She is very knowledgeable about the laws pertaining to grandparents rights and the rights of the parents and knew how to provide the appropriate laws pertaining to the situation we were in. I am so grateful for her expertise and guidance. She proved to be very aggressive when she needed to be but was also supportive to my and my children. I would recommend her to anyone in a similar situation. Deanna