In California, couples do not have to file for Legal Separation in order to Divorce—one party can simply file for Divorce. However, some couples do not wish to file for Divorce and may file for a Legal Separation for a number of reasons.
1. One’s religious beliefs may not allow for Divorce.
2. Couples may not be ready to file for Divorce but still wish to address their issues.
3. Couples may have financial or other reasons which make it more advantageous to file for Legal Separation as opposed to Divorce.
These are just some of the reasons that couples file for Legal Separation. All the issues such as spousal support, custody, visitation and support of children as well as division of property and debt are addressed in a Legal Separation as in a Divorce. Couples can also choose to agree on issues and avoid a court appearance by signing and notarizing a Legal Separation Agreement or a Stipulation. The main difference between a Divorce and a Legal Separation is that only in the case of a Divorce can one or both parties remarry. Once a Legal Separation is finalized, the parties would need to Divorce if they wanted to remarry.
As in a Divorce, it is a good idea to speak with a Legal Separation Attorney or Family Law Lawyer for sound legal advice when considering a Legal Separation. You will want to know your legal rights and options so that you understand what is reasonable in your case. For more information call Legal Action Workshop—THE LAW FIRM THAT OFFERS LOW FLAT FEES! We can be reached at 888-LGL-ACTN (888-545-2286) or visit us at www.LegalActionWorkshopLAW.com .