What is the Difference Between Legal Separation and Divorce?

As you know, divorce is a complex issue. However, if you are someone who is looking to end your relationship with your spouse, you are most likely looking to get a divorce. That being said, there are many instances where spouses do not wish to formally divorce, such as because of religious beliefs, cultural beliefs, personal beliefs, or otherwise. No matter your reasoning, if you do not wish to divorce but you do want to separate from your spouse, you have another option: legal separation. Our experienced California divorce attorneys have helped countless individuals through the legal separation process for years, and we know we have what it takes to do the same for you. Please continue reading and contact our firm to learn more about legal separation, its benefits, and whether it may be the right move for you. Here are some of the questions you may have:

What are some of the benefits of legal separation over traditional divorce?

There are various benefits of legal separation over traditional divorce. To start, in many cases, if you legally separate instead of divorce, you can still receive some of the legal benefits of marriage, including healthcare, certain tax advantages, and more. Additionally, in many religions, divorce is prohibited, or at least strongly frowned upon, and in this case, a legal separation will allow you to attain the freedom you desire without violating your religious principles and beliefs. Finally, in many cases, a legal separation will make the divorce process less complicated, should you decide to have a traditional divorce in the future.

What is the legal separation process like?

If you are looking to get a legal separation, the first thing you should do is hire an experienced attorney. From here, our firm will pursue a court order regarding the rights and responsibilities of both you and your spouse once you separate. Though the process is not unlike the divorce process, your marriage will not be officially terminated under California law. During the legal separation process, you and your spouse will have to work out various issues, including those of alimony, property distribution, and child custody/support, if applicable. You can decide on these matters either through mediation or in a courtroom setting, depending on your situation and preference. That being said, no matter your circumstances, our firm is here to help. All you have to do is ask.

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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