Legal Separation or Divorce: Which is Better Financially?

by Jeffrey A. Landers • Divorce Financial Strategist™ and the founder of Bedrock Divorce Advisors, LLC
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Yes, of course. Not everyone opts for a legal separation basedsolely on financial reasons. In some cases, other considerations come into play. For example, some couplesremain separated for religious reasons. One spouse, or both, may come from a religious background that frowns upon divorce. Separating, but not divorcing, may be the “ideal” solution for them. Other couples may find thatthey still love each other, but just can’t live together. Separation may be the optimal choice for them, too.

As you can see, the decision to legally separate rather than divorce can be quite complex. Weigh your options carefully and consult with qualified divorce professionals so you can make smart choices that will help keep you financially secure both short- and long-term. Or, put another way:

“If it’s Splitsville, do it wisely and make certain you safeguard your assets and property protecting yourself for the future,” Marilyn concludes.





Jeffrey A. Landers, CDFA™ is a Divorce Financial Strategist™ and the founder of Bedrock Divorce Advisors, LLC (, a divorce financial strategy firm that exclusively works with women, who are going through, or might be going through, a financially complicated divorce.

He also advises happily married women who have seen their friends blindsided by a divorce initiated by their husbands and wonder (wisely) how financially vulnerable they’d be in that situation. Jeff developed the nation’s first Just in Case(TM): Secure Your Financial Future,a one-hour program, which quickly shows married women how to be prepared in the event of a future divorce with immediate, practical steps. He can be reached at

All articles/blog posts are for informational purposes only, and do not constitute legal advice. If you require legal advice, retain a lawyer licensed in your jurisdiction. The opinions expressed are solely those of the author, who is not an attorney.

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First Published January 13, 2012

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