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Legal Separation Lawyers in Pasadena

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If you cannot or do not want to get a divorce, you can ask the judge for a legal separation. A legal separation does not end a marriage or domestic partnership. You cannot marry or enter into a partnership with someone else if you are legally separated (and not divorced). If you ask for a legal separation, you may be able to change to a divorce case later if you meet certain requirements.

A couple may decide they want to file for legal separation instead of divorce because:

  • They do not want to get a divorce but want to live apart and get orders from the court about money, property, and parenting issues.
  • They do not want to get a divorce for religious reasons.
  • They do not want to get a divorce because of their personal beliefs.
  • They do not meet the required residency requirements to file for divorce in California and they cannot or do not want to wait to get the process of separating started.
  • They do not want to divorce because of financial reasons (ex: To keep one spouse or partner on the other’s health insurance plan or to keep certain benefits that require a couple to remain married).

Just as with a divorce, when you get a legal separation, you can ask the judge to make orders about:

  • Custody and visitation
  • Child support
  • Spousal or partner support
  • The division of your property
  • Who will be responsible for paying debts
  • If lawyers are involved, you may be able to get orders about who will pay their fees
  • You can also ask the judge to make other orders about things like domestic violence

To schedule a case evaluation with our family law lawyers in Pasadena, please either call us today at (626) 325-0770 or contact us online.

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