Not all marriages work, and while a divorce is a common route that couples pursue, there is also the option of legal separation. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we fully understand the legal separation process and are ready to help you get through this. You may have some confusion heading into this process, so let us get to work advising you today.
What does “legal separation” mean?
When it comes to couples separating, most people think that divorce is the only option. However, there can be benefits to remaining married while going through most of the motions of a divorce. In some cases, a legal separation may be the better route for your situation. Maybe you are not sure divorce is the final result. Perhaps you want to retain some of the benefits of marriage. A legal separation is often a step that many people make before they officially divorce.
Legal separations divide the rights and responsibilities of both spouses, and the issues that need to be finalized mirror those of a divorce:
- Property division
- Child support
- Child custody
It is not unreasonable for a couple to want to remain married on paper for a variety of reasons:
- Married couples tend to have more tax and healthcare benefits, particularly if they have shared benefits.
- Many couples may consider the idea of future reconciliation.
- Religious practice may prevent an official divorce from occurring.
When a legal separation is granted in California, both spouses are free to live their own separate lives however they like, as long as they stick to the separation agreements.
Are legal separations quicker than divorces in California?
There are no specific time frames for a legal separation. The date of separation occurs when a couple is no longer acting as spouses, but a final judgment on legal separation could take longer than that. When there are no contested issues in the legal separation, the process works faster than if there are disagreements.
Legal separation and mediation
At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, our certified family law specialists also provide mediation services for couples. Mediation can offer a chance for an unbiased third party to help a couple of sorts through the issues that go into a legal separation. Mediation is often more cost-effective and less contentious and is particularly effective for couples who are amicable.
It is time to get help for your legal separation
If you and your spouse are considering divorce or separation, you will want to explore all of the options available. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we are ready to help you explore and get through the legal separation process as an alternative to divorce. Our certified family law specialist will sit with you and answer any questions you have. This is a difficult time for you, so let our compassionate Westlake Village legal separation attorneys help. You can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling 818-237-4574.