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How to File for Legal Separation in California

Many families considering divorce often choose to file for legal separation before they go through the divorce process. Filing for a legal separation begins the process of separating your assets, dividing child custody, and living apart without the legal status of being single. If you and your spouse are considering filing for legal separation, you should consider contacting Orange County legal separation attorney, Raja Gill, of the Gill Law Group, PC Attorney Gill takes a hands-on, compassionate approach to all his family law cases.

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Differences Between Legal Separation & Divorce in California

Legal separation is different from divorce in a way that you cannot remarry unless you have filed a divorce petition in court and a divorce judgment has been entered. Legal separation helps you determine the following:

The key difference is that an individual who is legally separated is still “married” and does not maintain the status of a single person. The legally separated spouses are not free to marry. Also, unlike divorce, legal separation takes effect immediately after it is ordered. If you are unable to divorce due to religious beliefs, cultural demands, or health insurance reasons, then legal separation might be something you should consider. In California, both you and your spouse will need to consent to filing for legal separation. If this is not an option, you will have to go the divorce route. Legal separation is pursued through a filing process that is similar to that of divorce. If granted, the legal separation agreement is legally binding between you and your spouse. It will provide details regarding the division of assets, child support, visitation rights, alimony, and other legal issues.

Helping Families of the Orange County Community

Every case is different and deserves its own set of strategies and tactics. As your Orange County legal separation lawyer, Attorney Raja Gill will personally meet with you and discuss your case. Mr. Gill will listen to the circumstances surrounding your case in detail, to understand your goals, expectations, and concerns. He will then help you form an approach that will maximize your interests as they relate to finances, living arrangements, or child support and/or custody.