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Question: Legal separation instead of divorce. If my spouse and I get a legal separation, will she be entitled to my City of Phoenix police pension I die?
A legal separation divides the debts and property between the spouses in much the same way as a divorce. Depending on the length and time period of your marriage, an interest in the pension can be one of the assets divided. You should ask a lawyer for more information that is specific to your situation. If you do not have a lawyer representing you, you may want to at least have a consultation.
There are three programs in Arizona that you can use to get inexpensive legal advice and guidance. One is the modest means program. You will need to apply for the program and meet the financial qualifications. Once you are qualified, Modest Means will send you a list of attorneys whose practice covers your area of concern. You select a lawyer from the list and will be entitled to a one hour consultation for $75. If you need additional help and if the lawyer agrees to take your case, the most you will be charged is $75 per hours. the telephone number is (866) 637-5341. Both Maricopa County and Pima County have lawyer referral programs that offer a 30 minute consult with an attorney. Maricopa County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute consult with an experienced attorney for $40. The telephone number is (602) 257-4434. Pima County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute attorney consult for $35. The telephone number is (520) 623-4625.
Legal separation instead of divorce. If my spouse and I get a legal separation, will she be entitled to my City of Phoenix police pension I die?
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