For a lot of couples across the nation there comes a time when they realize that their marriage isn’t quite what it used to be. In the end, talks of divorce can often occur. But what if your religious beliefs do not include divorce? What if it’s more financial advantageous to stay married yet live apart?
This is likely what Jane Seymour and her husband James Keach considered recently when they realized that their own marriage was beginning to fail. Married for 20 years, the couple had been living apart for several months before announcing their separation in April and only just this month announced that they filed papers for legal separation. Now Seymour, best known for her role as Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and her husband will need to decide if legal separation is a better remedy than divorce.
While media reports indicate that the couple is still negotiating a divorce, filing for legal separation may actually indicate that they could be trying to work out the irreconcilable differences they cited in their petition to the court. Other than the reasons we mentioned above, some couples file for legal separation because they want to work out their differences before making the life-changing decision to dissolve a marriage.
Even if things don’t work out, because a legal separation can define things such as property division, child support and child custody, a couple can transfer these terms to a divorce down the road. And though this might not be what Seymour and her husband intend to do, for now it would appear as if a legal separation is just what the doctor ordered.
Source: USA Today, “Jane Seymour files legal separation papers,” Ann Oldenburg, Oct. 29, 2013