Divorce is an expensive business, not just with lawyers, but without them, too. Filing fees are high (most California counties charge up to $400 to file – and that’s for each party!), plus hearings take time – and time off work. Child care expenses may increase, and living apart means separate rent or mortgage payments, utilities, and other household expenses.
So, with that in mind, is a separation financially preferable to a divorce? In some cases, yes, as this article explains.
Would you, or have you, and your spouse separate without filing for divorce? Do you have a separation agreement (hint: you should!)?