I'm Doug, and I'm very sorry to hear of your situation. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
Yes, you are free to file for Legal Separation in Wisconsin. In a legal separation, the court will rule on the same issues that it would in a divorce---such as the division of marital property and spousal support
. However, you would not be divorced and therefore not able to re-marry.
If you hire an attorney to assist you, the cost of a divorce will generally cost between $5,000 and $10,000. However, if you and your spouse can agree on a division of the marital property and any support issues, then a legal separation or a divorce can cost as little as a couple of thousand dollars.
While you will not lose your entitlement to the value of the family property if you relocate, what will happen is that if your spouse takes over all the house, then you would not be able to move back in unless you got a court order allowing you to do that. So if you do move from the house, don't plan on moving back in. But aside from that, you don't lose any of your rights just because you move out.
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