Ending a marriage can be one of the most stressful events you will face in your lifetime. In California, approximately 50% of all marriages end in divorce.
A legal separation can be obtained using the same grounds as divorce actions; however, a legal separation does not terminate marital status of the parties as husband and wife. It is an alternative to divorce, sometimes requested for religious reasons or when the petitioner does not want the legal status relationship severed completely – maybe in order to retain medical insurance.
Once the legal separation is granted, the parties do not acquire further community property and are not responsible for spousal duties of care and support except as ordered by the court.
If you and your spouse cannot resolve your differences and are interested in obtaining a legal separation, contact an experienced Orange County Family Law attorney who will take the time to help you understand your rights and obligations when you are considering a separation or have already separated – who will help you arrive at a workable separation agreement.