Legal Separation Lawyer in San Francisco
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Legal separation is a separate process from divorce. A legal separation is equivalent to putting the marriage on hold. Unlike in Germany, California law does not require the spouses to live apart for a certain period of time before getting divorced.
To learn more about legal separation in California, contact San Francisco family law Attorney Diana Romanovska at (415) 423-2457.
You can get a court order for a legal separation and resolve issues such as how child custody, child support, and spousal support will be handled before you and your spouse begin living apart. California requires that one spouse initiates a legal separation with the family court where that spouse lives.
Legal Separation vs. Divorce
There are many reasons a couple may choose to separate rather than divorce. While divorce is permanent and immediate, separation allows the couple to ease into separate lives before making it official.
Other reasons for choosing separation over divorce include:
- - Religious beliefs prohibit divorce
- - Financial benefits available through marital status
- - To allow children to process the separation before divorce
In California, legal separation, like divorce, does involve a legal process. Furthermore, the couple will still need to come to agreements about the key issues surrounding the end of a marriage.
- - Property division
- - Living situation for the children
- - Child support
- - Spousal support
Once an agreement has been reached on these issues, the couple will file a petition for legal separation and seek a final judgment from the family law court.
To get counsel on your separation from an experienced San Francisco family lawyer, contact Attorney Diana Romanovska at Romanovska Law today.
Discuss your matter during a free 15-minute phone consultation at (415) 423-2457.