COVID – 19 MESSAGE FROM Soroka & Associates, LLC

As you already know, the coronavirus (COVID-19) is creating challenges for all of us. We hope that you all are staying safe and healthy and taking all the necessary precautions during this challenging time. At Soroka & Associates, LLC, we are committed to our employees, associates, clients, and perspective clients. We always strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment to everyone at our office.

Our office has remained open during our regular business hours Monday through Friday and by appointment during the weekends. We have taken additional measures to assure the safety everyone that enters our office. Our staff and cleaning personnel have increased the frequency and scope of cleanings and disinfecting at our office in accordance with the CDC recommendations to assure the safety of anyone that enters our office.

As an extra step to our commitment to safety, we have also adapted to the changing environment, and now offer virtual consultations via Zoom, Facetime, and Skype during our business hours. As always, phone consultations are available by appointment, at all hours, any day of the week.

Legal Separation

A Legal Separation is a proceeding very similar to a Divorce or a Dissolution, however; it does not result in the termination of the marriage. In a Legal Separation, the parties will allocate their assets, determine child custody and parenting time, and decide on appropriate Child Support and Spousal Support payments, just like in a Divorce. The key difference is that at the end of proceedings, the parties will live separately, but remain legally married. This means that the parties cannot remarry, and may face issues such as what to do with property if either party dies, and how taxes should be properly filed.

Normally, after the Legal Separation is ordered by the Court, the parties will live separately, and any property acquired after the Order will be owned entirely by whichever party acquired it. Legal Separation is a relatively uncommon method for married couples to separate, but may be the most appropriate option in certain circumstances, such as if the parties religious beliefs do not allow for a Divorce or other legal termination of marriage, but the parties are unable to continue to live together as a married couple.

If you would like to discuss the possibility of pursuing a Legal Separation, or want help deciding the best option for your specific situation, contact Soroka and Associates, LLC, today. You can contact our Columbus office at 614-358-6525, or fill out our online contact form. Our knowledgeable attorneys are available 24 hours a day to assist you with any of your family law needs, and we will work tirelessly to provide you with the best possible outcome.