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Legal Separation The Legal Guidance You Need and the Personal Attention You Deserve

Chicago Legal Separation Attorneys

A Less Permanent Alternative to Divorce

A married couple intent on living separate and apart may enter into a separation agreement to define their legal obligations and responsibilities to each other and their children. The grounds and procedures for obtaining a legal separation in Illinois are codified in Section 402 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.

The Chicago legal separation attorneys at the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C. are experienced in representing parties in legal separation proceedings and have the skills and knowledge necessary to negotiate and draft separation agreements focused on protecting your interests.


Discuss your case with us today by calling (312) 487-2795 or contacting us online. We serve clients throughout Chicagoland.


Why Seek Legal Separation?

Divorce is a completely final termination of a marriage. Legal separation, on the other hand, is less permanent. A couple that is legally separated can more easily reestablish the marriage than a couple that is divorced.

Many couples choose legal separation because:

  • They need time apart but do not want to completely end the relationship yet
  • Divorce conflicts with their personal or religious beliefs
  • They are testing the waters to see if divorce is right for them

Obligations When Legally Separating

Although the process is less complex than a divorce, filing for legal separation still requires couples to work out a few key details.

These include:

Our Attorneys Can Fight for You

It is in your best interest to consult with a Chicago legal separation attorney who can help you draft and implement a fair and favorable separation agreement. At the Law Offices of Jonathan Merel, P.C., we are dedicated to helping our clients navigate their legal separation. We apply the same aggressive vigor to separation cases as we do to divorce cases.


Do not hesitate to contact us at (312) 487-2795 to discuss your legal separation with our team.


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