Legal Separation Vs. Divorce in California | What You Should Know

If you are currently married, though you believe that you are now looking to end the relationship you have with your spouse, there is a very good chance that you are considering getting a divorce. Though for many people, getting divorced is a means to help them move on with their lives and start anew, for some, divorce is not the best option, even if they are looking to end their relationship. In this case, these people may simply wish to enter into a legal separation. Legal separation is the ideal option for many people due to personal beliefs, cultural beliefs, religious beliefs, or otherwise, and fortunately, the state of California fully recognizes legal separation as an alternative to divorce. Please continue reading and reach out to our knowledgeable Los Angeles divorce attorneys to learn more about legal separation and whether it is the right option for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What benefits does legal separation provide over divorce in California?

There are several reasons why a couple may choose legal separation over divorce. For example, many religious prohibit divorce, which is why many people of those religions will simply choose to legally separate, thereby staying within the guidelines of their religion. You should also note that legally separating has its financial benefits over divorce as well. For example, if you choose to legally separate instead, you may stay on your spouse’s health insurance, have certain tax advantages, and more. You should also note that in many cases, legal separation will make it easier to move forward with the divorce process, should you ever want to, in the future.

How do I get a legal separation in California?

First and foremost, you should ensure that you retain the services of a knowledgeable attorney who can work to ensure the process moves along as smoothly as possible. Our legal team will obtain a court order regarding you and your spouse’s rights and responsibilities after your separation has been legally enforced. Much like the divorce process, you and your spouse will have to agree upon the terms of your separation, such as child custody/support, alimony, property distribution, and more. If you cannot agree on these terms, you will most likely have to litigate the matter in court. Our experienced firm is ready to help ensure your rights are preserved through every step of the process ahead.

Contact our experienced Los Angeles firm

Divorce and family law issues are notoriously complicated and personal, which is why you must hire an attorney with years of experience, as well as the compassion and skill needed to handle these sensitive matters. For the qualified, dedicated legal representation you and your family deserve and need, contact Zitser Family Law Group, APC today.

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