Can you get a legal separation without hiring an attorney?
Question Details: We are considering getting a legal separation instead of a divorce so that I can stay on his insurance since I am unable to work a regular job. He was told or read online that we can do a legal separation without a lawyer and then figure out all the details like spousal support etc. later after I move out next year when our youngest child graduates. I am not convinced that this is a wise course of action or even possible. We have been married 27 years and have 1 child who is 17.
"Wise" and "possible" are two very diffent things. You can get a legal separation without an attorney: a person may always represent himself or herself ("pro se") in a legal proceeding or matter. But it's not a good idea, because the lawyer will think of and take care of things that will not even occur to you. It's like you legally could set your own bone and stitch up your own badly broken leg--but doing so would be a very bad idea. Hire the expert (lawyer) to help you.
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