Orange County Legal Separation Attorneys Helping Clients In California
If you are thinking about getting a divorce, a legal separation might be a better option for you and your spouse. While it does not end the marriage or domestic partnership, it does allow a couple to live separately without having to endure the tedious divorce process. Some people choose legal separation over divorce due to their religion, cultural demands, or even health insurance.
At Sarieh Law Offices, we have helped many couples with their family law needs. Here are some of the most common questions we have been asked about legal separations from our former clients:
- What is a separation agreement?
- What are the differences between a legal separation and divorce?
- Can you date while being legally separated?
What Is A Separation Agreement?
During a legal separation, you can enter into a legally binding contract that goes into detail regarding several aspects of the separation while avoiding going to court. This is referred to as a “separation agreement” and typically includes the following:
- Living arrangements for the children
- The amount of time the kids will spend with each parent
- How living expenses will be paid
- Who will be paying child or spousal support (if needed)
- Who will be managing any marital assets
While this document is being drafted, you will need an attorney on your side to protect the best interests of you and your family. At Sarieh Law Offices, we will ensure that your needs are met and that you have a full understanding of the entire process.
What Are The Differences Between A Legal Separation And Divorce?
The biggest difference between legal separation and divorce is that if you are separated you are still legally married and are not considered a single person. Another difference between the two is that legal separation takes immediate effect, as opposed to a divorce which mandates a six-month waiting period.
Additionally, legal separations do require residency, while those who wish to divorce must have lived in California for a period of time before filing for divorce. Lastly, once a divorce is final, the former spouses are free to remarry. In a legal separation, the spouses must choose to get divorced or stay separated.
Can You Date While Being Legally Separated?
Because California is a no-fault state, technically you can date while being legally separated, but this can have an effect on any custody arrangements, especially if the courts feel that your new relationship is negatively affecting your ability to parent and your involvement in your child’s life. If there are children, dating someone while separated will have no effect.
Speak With A Top-Rated Legal Separation Law Firm In Orange County, CA Today
If you are considering filing for a legal separation, the attorneys of Sarieh Law Offices are here to help. We know this may be a difficult time for you and your family and we are prepared to defend your rights.
Our lawyers offer legal services to clients throughout Orange County and the surrounding areas. Contact us at (714) 542-6200 for a case evaluation.