I have had a recent case where a client and his ex-wife were never divorced and had been separated for many years. They both acquired assets and had new partners after separation. The fact that they did not divorce meant that there remained an option for both of them to seek orders for property settlement and spousal maintenance despite the long period of separation, simply as they did not want to pay the money to get divorced or to settle their property.
If you know of anyone contemplating a separation, please advise them to at least speak to a specialist family lawyer about their options. At Lakey Family Law and Mediation, we offer our first complimentary appointment to discuss their matter and what they need to consider when separating. Seeking advice at the start can save a lot of heartache and financial distress down the track.