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Legal Separation. How is it different from Divorce?
Legal Separation. Is it the same as filing for divorce?
NO. Divorce also means “dissolution of marriage.” Whereas, a Legal Separation means you are still married. So, other than still being married, why would one choose a Legal Separation over divorce? This article briefly explains why a Legal Separation is an option you may want to consider.
Why a Legal Separation may be the best option for you:
- You no longer want to live together;
- Your religion does not accept a divorce;
- Your culture does not allow a divorce;
- You do not want a divorce based on your personal beliefs;
- You want to stay on your spouse’s medical plan; and/or
- You need other benefits that require a couple to be married.
The Results of a Legal Separation:
- You are still married;
- You cannot marry someone else;
- Your community property assets are divided;
- You will receive support for yourself and your children;
- Your financial losses and gains are exclusively yours to own;
- Your spouse’s financial responsibilities are no longer your concern.
In addition, you can ask the court to include the below needs into the court order :
- Child physical and legal custody;
- Visitation (parenting plan) for the other party;
- Decide who pays your community property debts.
Similar to a divorce, the same documents are prepared and filed with the court. Therefore, if a Legal Separation is best for you, In Trust Legal can help you prepare the necessary court forms and file them with the court, affordably. You can hire a lawyer if you need legal advice, but if you already know what you want, then In Trust Legal can save you thousands of dollars!
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This content is general knowledge and can be found on any bookshelf in a public library or bookstore in California.