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Seal Beach Guide to Divorce

Jared and Ally never thought divorce was in their future, but after years of nightly arguments, accusations of infidelity, and irreconcilable differences, a separation was imminent; however, as the two moved forward with their decision to divorce, they quickly realized there were several options available to them. Decisions had to be made.

Divorce Explained

A divorce is a legal action between married people to terminate their marriage relationship. The divorce process is usually referred to as a dissolution of marriage and is basically the legal action that ends the marriage before the death of either spouse and permits the parties to remarry if they wish.

What is legal separation?

In a legal separation, the parties’ marital status remains intact. This is different from a divorce in that in a divorce, the martial status of the parties is terminated. A judgment for legal separation is a court order that provides the rights and duties for a couple while still married, even though they are living apart. While legal separations are not as common as divorce, the process can be helpful in a situation allowing the spouses extra time to work through any personal or financial issues, including health insurance affecting the marriage.

What is an Annulment?

An annulment is when a marriage is considered, legally, null and void by the court. The party initiating the annulment must prove that he or she has the grounds to do so and it can be proven according to legal reasons, such as bigamy, mental illness, or inability to consummate. Either the husband or the wife in the marriage can initiate an annulment case.

We’re Here to Help You Navigate Through Your Divorce

Regardless of the specific details of your divorce and what road you’d prefer to travel down, Ann A. Thomson is fully prepared to help and fight for your rights and interests in court. She is flexible in her approach. Whether through level-headed negotiation or determined litigation, Ann’s focus is on producing real results that YOU desire. Contact Ann’s office in Orange County today at 562-431-4333 today for more information or to schedule an appointment. Initial consultations are absolutely free.


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