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Legal Separation in Orange County, CA

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A legal separation is an alternative to divorce. Many couples opt for a legal separation in order to bring some closure to a relationship without ending the marriage entirely. They may choose a legal separation due to religious beliefs or practical reasons, such as staying on the other spouse’s health care plan.

If you are interested in filing for a legal separation, our Irvine divorce lawyer at the Center for Mediated Divorce is ready to help you get the results you want. With more than two decades of experience, we possess a comprehensive knowledge of California family law to guide you through the complexities of the legal system.

Filing for Legal Separation

With a legal separation, you must still experience all the formalities of a divorce. You need to file a petition, reach an agreement with the other party that entails the terms (child custody, support, spousal support, and property division) of the separation, and get a final judgment of legal separation from the court. In California, however, spouses that chose to separate may enter into a “separation agreement,” a legally binding contract which details all aspects of their separation without having to go to court.

The following issues need to be addressed in the separation agreement:

  • Where the children will live
  • How much time the children will spend with each parent
  • How the couple will pay living expenses, including mortgage or rent, utilities, taxes, heath care, and groceries during separation
  • Whether either spouse will pay child or spousal support during separation
  • How the couple will manage their assets during separation
  • How property and income obtained after the date of the separation will be treated

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