The Importance of Marital Status in a Divorce or Legal Separation

Status marriage is not just a romantic concept; it also creates specific financial, healthcare, tax and other shared opportunities and obligations. It’s also one of the most critical factors determining how your divorce or legal separation will play out.

How do you write a marriage status?

For couples who are legally married in the United States, or for those preparing to file an adjustment of status application to obtain their green card by marrying a US citizen, there are several types of records that must be submitted with the immigration application. These records help establish the legitimacy of the marriage to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officer reviewing the application, and they also help verify the eligibility of both spouses to be able to immigrate together.

There are a number of reasons why a couple may want to bifurcate their marital status and enter a “status only judgment” prior to resolving all other issues in their case. For example, if there is a significant risk that the resolution of any underlying property or child custody issue will be lengthy and expensive, this might be an excellent reason for requesting a status only judgment.

However, a court will only grant a status only judgment when there are clear and compelling reasons for doing so. This is why it’s so important to consult with a knowledgeable lawyer early in the process so that you can make sure that all grounds for requesting this type of judgment are met.