Can an entered Decree for Legal Separation be converted to a divorce or do you need to file a new petition for dissolution?
If my husband and I decide to do a legal separation and complete the process, for example, our assets are divided and we receive a Decree of Legal Separation that is entered of record. Can it later be converted to a Decree of Dissolution without the filing of a new petition? Or would we be required to file a new Petition for Dissolution and pay the fees all over again?
Yes you will need to file a new Petition for Dissolution. You will also have to pay the $321 court cost again too. All of the issues that are resolved in the Legal Seperation will stay resolved, except child support and spousal maintenance can be revisited.
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