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Legal Separation in California

Riverside Attorneys for Legal Separation Issues

In some relationships, spouses may wish to live separately from one another without completely dissolving their marriage. Maybe they want to pursue career opportunities in different parts of the state or country, or perhaps they simply need some time to live apart to determine if their marriage is truly broken before they file for divorce. Whatever the case may be, legal separation is a way for two spouses to separate various aspects of their life without ending their marriage and the benefits that accompany it.

Legal separation may include the separation of:

  • Residency
  • Finances
  • Property
  • Lives

Obtaining a Legal Separation

Similar to divorce, the process of legal separation begins when one or both spouses file a petition with the Family Law Court in the county where they live. The differences are that there are no residency requirements and, if one spouse does not agree to the separation, the process automatically changes over to a divorce proceeding.

Once a legal separation has been obtained, the two spouses may not file for a divorce until California's residency requirements are met. It is important you understand and consider all the positives and negatives of legal separation versus divorce before you pursue either option. Speak with a family law attorney from our firm as soon as possible to discuss your case in detail so you can make an educated decision.

Contact a Divorce Lawyer in Riverside, CA

Diefer Law Group, PC is dedicated to providing personal attention and aggressive representation for various types of divorce cases. Our team has the knowledge and experience to handle your legal separation, or help you pursue a divorce, if that is the better option for you and your spouse. The sooner you review your situation with a Riverside divorce attorney, the better. Do not hesitate to call our firm or fill out our free case evaluation form to set up your complimentary consultation. Contact us today!

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