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Legal Separation Lawyer in Pasadena

Understanding Your Options in Los Angeles

In many instances, two spouses may wish to pursue a legal separation rather than divorce. There are a number of reasons to choose legal separation—perhaps you are unwilling to get a divorce for religious reasons, or your spouse may require health insurance through your employer. You may simply wish to live separately but not get divorced. No matter the reason you are considering a legal separation, it’s wise to have an experienced Pasadena legal separation attorney on your side to help you navigate the process. At The Law Office of Marilyn M. Smith, our attorneys can help you understand your options and weigh the pros and cons of legal separation in your unique situation.

Get in touch with our firm today at (626) 317-6068. We serve clients in Glendale, Arcadia, and the surrounding communities.

What Is a Legal Separation?

Though they are often treated similarly by the courts, divorce and legal separation have certain distinct differences. Separated spouses are still considered married under California law and therefore cannot remarry or enter into a new domestic partnership. However, it’s important to note that any income or debts generated after the separation are considered separate, rather than community, assets.

Similar to a divorce, the two separating spouses must make decisions regarding child custody, division of assets, and more. Unlike a divorce, however, legal separation goes into effect as soon as it is ordered. For couples who are unsure they are ready for the finality of divorce or who wish to retain their marital status for immigration or insurance purposes, a legal separation can be an excellent alternative to divorce. It is possible to convert a legal separation into a divorce at a later date.

Trust Our Firm with Your Family Law Matter

If you’re considering a legal separation, or your spouse has requested a separation and you are concerned about what that means for you, The Law Office of Marilyn M. Smith can help you clearly understand your options. Our Pasadena legal separation lawyers offer compassionate, personalized guidance suited to your unique situation. No matter how complicated your situation may be, we’re ready to advocate for you every step of the way.

Contact us at (626) 317-6068 to learn more about how we can help you with your legal separation or other family law matter.

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