Legal separation

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-16-2010
Legal separation
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 7:34am

Is there any benefit to filing for legal separation before you have formally filed for divorce?

My friend is definitely going to file for divorce, but right now, she's treading lightly and has not actually told her husband that is her intent, until she has all her ducks in a row. She recently found out he has gotten his business and them personally (combined) in debt to the tune of over a million dollars.

If she filed for legal separation immediately, would it protect her financially from this point forward? My fear is that, because he is in so deep, he may take out further credit under HER name.

Thanks for any help with this.

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-15-2008
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 11:16am

She would really have to talk to an attorney about that.

iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 02-20-2012 - 12:50pm

I agree that she should consult an atty.