If you are considering dissolving your marriage, you should know all of your options. California allows for legal separation as an intermediate step short of a final divorce. With legal separation, you have many of the protections of divorce, including spousal support and child support, but neither you nor your spouse is free to remarry.
The Law Offices of Steven E. Springer can explain the pros and cons of legal separation compared with a final divorce. With more than 30 years of combined family law experience, our attorneys have a thorough understanding of the law and its practical application to a wide variety of circumstances.
Why Choose Legal Separation Instead of Divorce?
You may want to file for legal separation for one of several reasons:
- Both spouses have not completely given up on the marriage but need time apart.
- Both spouses cannot meet the California residency requirement for divorce.
- One or both spouses have a religious objection to divorce.
- One spouse is dependent on the other for benefits (such as health insurance) that would terminate upon divorce.
- Military benefits would not vest if a divorce were finalized at this time.
If a final divorce is not appropriate for your circumstances, but you want the legal protections a divorce provides, a legal separation may be your best solution.