Marriages hit tough spots, and many of them ultimately do not work out. While divorce is one option that couples have at their disposal, many also choose to go through the legal separation process. At the Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we are ready to help. When you need a Simi Valley legal separation attorney, our team will work to ensure you understand the entire process. Let us clear up any confusion you may have and get to work on your case today.
What does “legal separation” mean, and how is it different from a divorce?
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) tells us that there are around 3.2 divorces per 1,000 people in the US. While we do not have an exact figure for the entire state of California, we know that the Statistical Atlas estimates that 12% of the Simi Valley population is divorced
A legal separation may be a better route for you and your spouse as you work to determine what the end goal will be. In many cases, legal separation is a step a couple takes before ending their marriage. In other cases, a legal separation divides the rights and responsibilities of the couple while they remain legally married.
A legal separation will formally layout most of the same issues that are decided in a divorce proceeding, including:
- The division of assets
- Child support
- Child custody
After a legal separation, each spouse is allowed to live their own lives without losing the legal benefits of being married.
Why choose this route over a divorce?
There are various reasons a couple may choose legal separation over a full divorce.
- Remaining married allows the couple to retain tax or healthcare benefits that come with being married.
- Some couples may have hopes of reconciliation in the future.
- Religious practices may allow for a couple to divorce.
How long does it take to get a legal separation?
There are no time requirements in place in order for a legal separation to take place. The date of separation happens when a couple is no longer acting as spouses. The final judgment of legal separation could take longer depending on whether or not the parties can agree on the issues involved.
Let us get started on your case today
If you are considering a divorce, we know that you will want to explore all of your options. One of those options may be a legal separation from your spouse. At The Law Offices of Ronald K. Stitch, we would like to help you through this process. Our certified family law specialists will sit with you and clarify what a legal separation is and how you could benefit from it as opposed to a divorce. We know this is a tough time for you, so let our compassionate team get to work. When you need a Simi Valley legal separation lawyer, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling 818-237-4574.