Legal Separation: Does Living Apart Count as Divorce?
When couples say they are “legally separated,” they generally mean they have been living apart for ome months or years.
In Texas, legal separation is not recognized. That means, you can’t marry someone else under the assumption you are divorced where there is no divorce decree.
So, when you live apart from your spouse, the property you and your spouse acquire while separated remain community property. Even if the car or house is under your name, the title or ‘name’ will not change the its class. Also, the debt your spouse accrue is community debt. Ouch! They could be racking up credit card bills and business loans; well, that is scary!
You need an attorney to advocate for your interest. Simply put, we will work on finalizing your divorce and equitable property division.
Give us a call for a free case evaluation by one of our Houston family lawyers.
Remember, you are married until you are legally divorced.