Legal Separation in California
Proven Solutions from a Rancho Cucamonga Family Law Attorney
The Law Office of Beverly W. Quinn was
founded in 1977 and is devoted to helping clients reach effective solutions for their
various family law matters. When spouses come to the conclusion that their
marriage is no longer working, but are not ready to officially dissolve
the marriage, they may instead opt for legal separation. If you are interested
in pursuing the route of legal separation, it may benefit you to contact
our highly experienced and recognized
Rancho Cucamonga divorce lawyer.
How is legal separation different from divorce?
Contrary to common belief, a legal separation does not actually end a marriage
or domestic partnership. Rather, legal separation is used by individuals
who do not wish to get divorced, but want to live separately and set terms
for matters pertaining to finances, property, and children.
Advantages of legal separation include:
- If your religion does not support divorce, legal separation allows you
to keep your marital status.
- Taking the time to live apart can help a couple realize if divorce is the
most suitable course of action.
- You can continue using the benefits provided by your spouse's insurance plan.
- You can retain certain military benefits.
- Remaining married to meet the 10-year requirement can allow you to qualify
for certain Social Security benefits from your spouse.
- Spouses are able to protect themselves financially
- You can receive tax benefits by continuing to file taxes jointly.
- If, at a later point, you choose to file for divorce, your separation agreement
can be converted to a divorce agreement.
In California, before filing for divorce at least one spouse must be living
in the state for at least 6 months, or 180 days. Unlike divorce,
legal separation does not abide by a residency requirement. If you file for a legal separation, you may also be able to file an amended
petition later asking the court for a divorce once you have met the residency
Like divorce, legal separation allows you to ask the Judge for orders regarding
child custody and visitation, spousal support, domestic violence
restraining orders, and more. The main difference between a divorce and legal separation
is that with a legal separation, you do not have to ask the court to terminate
your marital status.
Board Certified Family Law Specialist
Attorney Quinn is a board certified specialist in family law, which deems her as a
true expert in her legal field. With such qualifications, our founder is able to fully assess an individual's
situation, and help them determine the appropriate course of action. We
recognize that every case is different, and we ensure every client is
provided with the amount of
personalized attention and supportive counsel they deserve.
We understand that what you are going through is personal, and you can
trust that you will be provided with the individualized attention, compassion,
and respect you deserve when you work with us. After getting to know you,
your current situation, and your specific goals, we can help you determine
if legal separation is the most suitable course of action for you.
Call (909)922-2028 to Schedule Your Free Consultation
Our firm thrives on creating
results-driven strategies, and we do everything we can to ensure our clients reach the results they
desire. For more information about legal separation or to schedule your
free case evaluation, be sure to
contact our firm.