Under Wisconsin divorce law, there is a distinction made between a physical separation and a legal separation, which are very different actions with significantly different legal impacts.
When spouses separate physically, the laws governing their legal responsibilities to each other and with regard to their assets do not change unless they obtain a judgment of legal separation or a marital property agreement. The judgment of legal separation document sets forth each party’s right to property, support and responsibility for liabilities.
Separation - Physical
Simply moving out and having a separate living arrangement is a physical separation. However, a physical change of address, completely separate living arrangements, or separate living arrangement within the household do not constitute a legal separation in the state of Wisconsin and they do not protect either spouse financially from the other's liabilities.
For information about how to protect your financial health during divorce, or to begin a divorce action and obtain a valid legal separation, call Attorney Kathleen Reiley (414-369-6309) or email Attorney Kathleen Reiley .
Wisconsin State Licensed Attorney:
Attorney Kathleen (Kathy) Reiley exclusively practices law in the state of Wisconsin.
Practice Focus on Divorce and Family Law:
Attorney Reiley focuses her law practice in the area of family law, handling legal separation, Divorce, cohabitation, same sex marriages and divorces, child custody, legal custody, physical placement of minor children, child support, spousal support, paternity, marital property issues, and guardianships.
Divorce Trial Litigation and Divorce Mediation:
With more than thirty years of experience in family law, Attorney Reiley has also participated in the Dane County Bar Association Mediation Project since its inception. Attorney Reiley offers mediation services and divorce mediation, as well as collaborative divorce, cooperative divorce, contested divorce, litigated trial divorce, stipulated divorce, uncontested divorce, divorce of elderly spouses, spousal support (alimony), extensive real estate matters involved in divorce, post divorce modifications and actions, and child support modifications.
Kathleen Reiley, SC
Reiley Law Offices
7161 N Port Washington Road, Suite B
Milwaukee (Glendale), Wisconsin 53217
Telephone: (414) 369-6309
Regular Business Hours:
Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 5 PM
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