An Alternative To Divorce

Unfortunately, a large number of marriages simply don't work out. But, many people are understandably nervous about ending the relationship entirely. Legal separation offers an alternative. Whether you find a way to work things out or decide to eventually divorce, this process can provide clarity during difficult times.

At The Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, I offer family law services backed by 35 years of experience in the legal field. Along with my talented staff, I guide my clients through difficult times and set them up for a better tomorrow. As a dedicated family law attorney and certified specialist, I am here to help you achieve your goals.

What Does It Mean To Be "Legally Separated?"

Legal separation is different from divorce. In some cases, it is simply a step a couple takes before ending their marriage. In others, a permanent separation divides rights and responsibilities while a couple remains legally married.

A legal separation formally lays out many of the same issues as divorce, including the division of assets, child support and child custody. A court issues orders to separate the couple's finances and address other issues, such as child custody. Essentially, each spouse is allowed to live their own separate life without losing the legal benefits of being married.

Why Some California Couples Choose Separation

A couple whose marriage has broken down might choose to stay married, but separated, for a number of reasons. By choosing not to divorce, for example, you can retain the tax benefits that come with being married. Some couples choose separation because of their religious beliefs. If you are weighing the pros and cons of legal separation, consult with a knowledgeable family lawyer as soon as you can.

Schedule A Free Consultation To Discuss Your Case

We understand how difficult it is to consider ending a marriage. To learn more about Ventura County divorce and legal separation proceedings, call our firm in Westlake Village at 805-242-9713. You can also request an appointment online.