What is Legal Separation?


Choosing the Best Option for You

When a couple decides they can no longer continue to live together, they have two options: legal separation or divorce. Both options have their pros and cons, and it can be challenging to choose which option is the best for a particular situation. In this blog, learn how legal separation and divorce are different in California so that you can make an informed decision about which option is right for you.

Legal Separation Defined

Legal separation is a process that allows a couple to live separately while remaining legally married. During a legal separation, the couple will typically divide their assets and debts and determine how child custody, visitation, and support will be handled. One of the main benefits of legal separation is that it allows couples to test out the waters of living separately before deciding to divorce. If you choose to reconcile and live together through a legal separation, you can do so without going through the entire marriage process again.

Why Choose Legal Separation?

There are several reasons why couples choose legal separation. Some of the most common reasons include the following:

  • One or both spouses are not ready to end the marriage

  • One or both spouses are not financially ready to divorce

  • There are religious or moral reasons why the couple does not want to get divorced

  • The couple wants to maintain health insurance coverage through their spouse's employer

The decision to legal separation should not be taken lightly. Consult with an attorney who can help you weigh each option and advise you on what is best for your particular situation.

Work with an Attorney to Meet Your Needs

Whether you're looking to legally separate or want to put a definitive end to your marriage, the team at Schweitzer Law Partners can help. We've helped numerous clients navigate legal challenges to find better outcomes on the other side.

Learn more about how we can help or schedule a consultation with a member of our team by calling (626) 788-5225 or visiting our website.