10 Reasons why would you get a separation and not a divorce
- If you are not absolutely sure that the marriage is over and need a time out.
- If you want to maintain health insurance from one spouse to the other.
- For tax reasons: There are tax advantages to being married and getting divorced could obviously have a negative impact on these benefits so you may want to defer divorce for a few months or years depending on the situation, but at the same time you do not want to be chained to an unhappy marriage so you separate.
- For the children: You may be of the personal opinion that the children are better off if their parents are married and you want to defer divorce till they are no longer minors.
- Immigration: Divorcing could affect your immigration status and thus you want to remain married though technically you may be leading separate lives.
- Retirement benefits: You may need more time for your interest to vest in your spouse’s retirement plan.
- Religious reasons: It may be against your religious beliefs to divorce so getting a separation is an option to assuage that guilt and the advantage of a separation is that you can remain separated indefinitely.
- Health reasons: One partner may be terminally ill and the other does not want to divorce but by separating he or she can date other people and have a personal life without feeling like they are committing adultery.
- Jurisdictional issues: It could be that the place you are living at the moment is not the best as far as the court system and you prefer to draw up a private agreement pending your return to a more familiar and acceptable jurisdiction.
- Jobs: It may be better to be married for some jobs or at least appear to be married than to be divorced. For example, you may be principal ballet dancers in a major national ballet company and a part of your brand image is your marriage.
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