Whether you are married or in a domestic partnership, and whether you are looking for a long-term separation similar to divorce or a short-term separation period, legal separation might be an option for you. Legal separation functions much like a divorce, as it addresses important financial and child-related issues, but it does not legally end your marriage.
Often, a legal separation is a temporary solution to a broader issue that may eventually require the initiation of divorce proceedings. Sometimes, spouses end up living separately indefinitely or withdrawing the separation order and moving back in together.
No matter what your situation might be, a Manhattan Beach divorce attorney from Furubotten Law can help you determine what the best options are concerning your proposed separation agreement.
The Effect of Legal Separation
There are different reasons why spouses want to separate instead of file for divorce, yet they face many of the same challenges as divorcing couples. When you live separately, how will you divide your property and assets? Where will your children live and when? Will one spouse need to support the other? Even though you are not getting divorced, you should have all these issues clearly resolved in a court order to protect yourself.
Each situation is unique, and the property, children, and support needs of your marriage will define the character of the legal separation and how it is accomplished. Some people agree to separation terms out of court or in mediation, while others require the intervention of the family court.
Connect with a Manhattan Beach Divorce Lawyer Today
Going through a separation is a difficult and emotional process, and sometimes, it can be difficult to maintain objectivity. Working with a Manhattan Beach divorce lawyer who can provide an objective assessment of your situation while protecting your interests will lead to the best outcome in your legal separation. Reach out to Furubotten Law today to schedule a consultation to discuss your case now.