8 March 2011 0 Comments

Legal separation in California

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Couples are not always certain if they want to file for divorce; some want to try a legal separation first.  A judgment of legal separation does not terminate the marital status – it leaves the marriage bonds intact.  The parties remain married in name only.

A legal separation is often requested when the parties want to retain eligibility for medical insurance – something that is lost by the termination of a marriage.  Legal separation proceedings adjudicate child custody and visitation, support and community property rights. 

Once the judgment is issued, the couple cannot acquire further community property.  They are no longer obligated to each other for spousal duties of care or support except as ordered by the court pursuant to the judgment. 

Legal separation issues, even when the couple agrees, may be very complex.  If you are contemplating a legal separation from your spouse, contact an experienced Riverside Family Law attorney who will be able to walk you through the steps and help to keep any type of conflict from occurring between you and your spouse – an attorney who is fully committed and dedicated to you.

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