Representing Southern California Clients in Legal Separation Actions
A legal separation maintains marital status but the parties involved separate and resolve all of the remaining issues of the marriage, such as child custody and visitation, child support, possible spousal support, and the division of marital property and debts. The advantages of a legal separation are that you will maintain your married status which may be beneficial for health insurance, tax consequences, and other benefits. If you are eventually planning to divorce, this process will enable you to begin separating your assets and liabilities from the marriage. The disadvantage is that you are still legally married and are not free to marry anyone else. If your spouse responds to the legal separation paperwork requesting a divorce, however, the court will grant the dissolution of the marriage.
At the Law Offices of Susanne A. Coine, we have successfully handled many legal separations for clients throughout the greater Los Angeles area. Our attorney has considerable experience in helping clients resolve all of the relevant legal issues involved in such an action through appropriate methods. We offer personal service where your case will only be handled on a one-on-one basis by our Calabasas legal separation lawyer.
Legal Separation in California
In a legal separation, either spouses must agree to the action or it automatically becomes a divorce proceeding. No waiting period or residency is required for a legal separation. When a spouse files a lawsuit for a legal separation, the court is given the authority to make decisions concerning all of the attendant issues, such as child custody, support issues, and financial issues. You and your spouse may agree on these issues beforehand but they must finally be approved by the court.
To fully understand how a legal separation will affect you, your property, assets, debts, children, and other matters, you should consult with our attorney about the specifics of your case.
Contact a Calabasas legal separation attorney at the firm to discuss your concerns about filing for this action today.