There are distinct differences among the options for separating from one’s spouse, which include legal separation, annulment, formal divorce. Still, there remains a common thread linking these alternatives: in all cases, a married couple seeks separation on some level so as to live apart (temporarily or permanently). Whether or not the couple wants to divide assets or seeks mediation to craft parameters for any ongoing relationship (including co-parenting) is specific to each couple.

Separation, annulment, and divorce have another trait in common: each is a formal declaration which initiates legal and financial consequences. Note that individual states, including Connecticut, hold specific standards and expectations regarding how couples break up, so it’s smart to do research and to seek legal advice before proceeding to protect yourself and your family.

An annulment may be preferable on some levels, as it effectively erases any record that the union took place; certainly annulment is useful for one who seeks to proceed without the supposed dishonor of divorce, which is the official and legal end to a recognized marriage.