Not necessarily. If you want to live away from your spouse and define the respective rights and obligations between the two of you, it will cost money having it done correctly (by an attorney) regardless of whether or not you are divorcing or legally separating. Attorney's fees are not the only "cost" involved and should not be looked at in a vacuum when deciding whether or not to divorce or separate. Talk to a lawyer to explore your options before deciding what is best for your unique set of circumstances and goals. At O'Connor Cadiz Law, we can help. Call our office at 630 250 8813 to set up a confidential consultation so that you can make the decision, before your spouse decides for you.