A legal separation is a way to continue living with someone but don’t want to dissolve your marriage. A couple may be legally separated if requesting the courts to recognize their separation and then living apart from one another doesn’t constitute a legal separation. Although some jurisdictions have specific laws about this, like California, it’s always best to work with an attorney experienced in these cases. We are specialized in any form of legal separation in Los Angeles.
The main issues that come up in a legal separation and those that need to be resolved before a separation agreement is entered into include: child custody/visitation, divorce property division, spousal support and child support (if applicable). It is important to remember that if a divorce is impending and a mother wants to pursue child custody, she must inform the other party of her intentions. Failing to do so can lead to a judge denying her access to the children. If either parent denies the mother access to the children, a lawyer can assist with obtaining court orders that allow joint physical custody or visitation rights.
Many couples decide to enter a legal separation for many different reasons. Some want to avoid a long and expensive divorce; others are concerned about asset division, or want to avoid probate. Whatever the case, it is important to have your lawyers working on your behalf and ensure that your goals are met. The best thing to do is speak with an attorney as soon as possible in order to ensure that your interests are met and that your goals are reached in the shortest amount of time possible.