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Should I Separate Instead of Divorcing?

Some might say getting married is simple. Buy a ring (or not), propose, pick up your marriage license, and grab a licensed minister or judge to facilitate the ceremony. The whole thing can be done within an hour and you’re well on your way to a beautiful honeymoon in Honolulu.

It’s no secret that for many couples that, I do ends in I wish I had never. Ask the majority of these ex-spouses and they’ll commiserate that ending a marriage isn’t as easy as starting one. There are many questions such as who gets what, who is and who is not responsible for various debt, who will take care of the children, and what separation or divorce looks like for each individual. whose debts is whose, who will take care of the kids, and what does the future apart look like? Additionally, divorce is not the only option available to couples ready to proceed with the ending of their marriage. There are options such as divorces, annulments, and legal separations.

What is a legal separation?

While each state varies on their policies and regulations regarding the specifics of legal separation, an experienced attorney can walk you through the process in California. A judgement for legal separation may dispose of all issues except marital status. In fact, a judgement for legal separation does not terminate the parties’ marital status and the parties may not marry other people. However, a judgement for legal separation is a court order that provides for the rights and duties of each couple while still married, even though they are living apart. In a legal separation, the parties are still married. A legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and duties of a couple while they are still married, even though they are living apart.

Advantages of a legal separation rather than divorce?

Legal separations are less common than divorces. However, a legal separation can be instrumental in a situation when the spouses need more time to work through any personal or financial issues affecting the marriage, including health insurance.

Ask an Orange County Divorce Lawyer

As she has helped so many others, let Ann help you! Regardless of the specific financial details of your divorce and how you choose to proceed, Ann A. Thomson is fully prepared to protect and fight for your rights and interests in court. Whether through level-headed negotiation or determined litigation, Ann’s focus is on producing real results that YOU desire. Contact Ann’s office in Seal Beach at 562-431-4333 today for more information or to schedule an appointment. Initial consultations are absolutely free.


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