People generally elect legal separation for one of four reasons:
(1) They are undecided as to whether they will ultimately reconcile or want a divorce, but in the interim, they need their rights adjudicated, such as a determination of spousal and child support, division of community property, and a schedule for child custody and visitation.
(2) They no longer wish to be married, but do not want to give up certain marriage benefits, such as sharing health insurance.
(3) They are morally and/or religiously opposed to divorce, but can no longer live with their spouse.
(4) A party wishes to file for divorce in California immediately, but has not been residing in the county or the state long enough to qualify to file for divorce. In this later instance, a petition for legal separation is filed, and after enough time has past, the petition is amended to a divorce.
Our experienced family law attorneys can explain the legal separation process to you and help you decide if this is the best option for you.
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