Legal Separation

Legal Separation

In the eyes of the court, legal separations do not dissolve marriages; however, filing a separation agreement can be very advantageous. There are, however, a number of legal issues that need to be discussed prior to being able to file for a legal separation. From a legal standpoint, a separation will give your family law attorney a chance to start the marital property division process during the mandatory six-month waiting period prior to the issuance of the final divorce decree.

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Additionally, in order for you to get a legal separation in the state of California, you must be a resident who has lived in the state for a period of at least six months, and in the same county in which you currently live for at least three months. Once the legal separation has been filed with the court, certain aspects of it will be evaluated, such as possible issues of child support, alimony and the division of property. Couples often choose to take the legal separation route as opposed to divorce because they no longer want to be married, yet they do not wish to be divorced. They might have personal or religious objections to divorce or they may wish to preserve some of the financial benefits of being married, such as the other party’s health insurance coverage. Even though it is not officially a divorce, a legal separation covers all the same aspects of a divorce, such as property division, alimony, child custody and visitation. As such, having the assistance of a skilled Los Angeles, Torrance, or South Bay family law attorney can prove to be beneficial in ensuring that your rights are protected and to give you a better chance of achieving the outcome you want.

Moreover, a lot of people look to get a legal separation as a way of protecting themselves from the other person’s debt when they no longer want to cohabit or are unsure as to whether or not they want to get a divorce. There are a variety of specific laws and consequences that are involved in these types of matters; thus it is important for you to talk to an attorney about your specific situation. Should you find it necessary to employ the services of a Los Angeles, Torrance, or South Bay family law attorney, please feel free to call Daigneault Law at (800) 682-7490 for a free consultation.

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