In California, a legal separation is similar to a divorce in that assets are divided and the court will determine issues such as spousal support, child custody and visitation, and child support. If you are legally separated and wish to remarry, you must file a petition for dissolution of marriage with the court.
Legal separation is an attractive alternative to divorce for couples who want to lead separate lives but remain married for religious reasons or to hold onto to their insurance benefits. Legal separation is also available to couples who do not meet California’s residency requirements for divorce (6 months of residency in California and 3 months in the county that you seek to get a divorce). Once the residency requirements are met, a couple can amend their petition to seek a divorce.
If you are considering a legal separation in lieu of a divorce, please contact the Law Office of Matthew J. Jensen for a consultation.
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The Law Office of Matthew J. Jensen serves clients throughout the Bay Area, including the cities of Sunnyvale, Mountain View, Los Altos, San Jose, Campbell, Cupertino, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Gilroy, Morgan Hill, Milpitas, Fremont, Hayward, Palo Alto, Atherton, Woodside, and Redwood City as well as Santa Clara County, San Mateo County, and Alameda County.