San Diego Legal Separation Lawyers
Information on Legally Separating
There are many instances in which a married couple may choose to separate without actively pursuing divorce. Some couples choose to live apart on a permanent basis without ever planning to file for divorce. A couple may also choose to separate temporarily before deciding whether or not divorce is the right decision. If you choose to separate from your spouse without taking legal steps to protect yourself the problems may arise regardless of your situation. Child custody problems, the accruement of debt, or the sale of valuable marital assets can be avoided with legal planning.
Thomas Huguenor is a San Diego lawyer and certified family law specialist with more than 35 years of experience. He has handled numerous California legal separations and assists client in understanding what is in their best interests. Contact our office at (858) 458-9500 for a free consultation.
Providing Couples with Legal Separations and Separation Agreements
Many people misunderstand what it means to be legally separated. California distinguishes between becoming legally separated and entering into a separation agreement. A legal separation allows for two people to permanently live apart but remain legally married. People typically gain an Order of Legal Separation for religious reasons or for issues surrounding health insurance. A legal separation is similar to a divorce and is filed with the Court. Issues such as child custody, child support, and alimony are decided upon, and the Court must make a final judgment on the request. A Separation Agreement, by contrast, is different in many ways. The agreement is usually temporary and is either a first step taken prior to divorce proceedings or is requested so that a couple may separate on a trial basis. Like a legal separation, the agreement is binding and makes a temporary decision on matters such as child support, alimony, and marital property issues. However, a separation agreement does not have to be filed with the Court, and is considered a private contract in California.
Tom will help you and your spouse decide on which arrangement works for both you and your spouse. If health insurance is a concern then our San Diego legal separation attorneys will help you determine if separation would negatively impact your benefits. We will discuss major concerns with you and your partner, such as who will live in the family home, how finances will be divided and spent, as well as any community property issues. Allowing us to mediate your separation ensures that you can rest easy knowing that your future is protected. Both you and your spouse can enjoy an amicable separation.
Attorneys Providing High Quality Legal Representation in San Diego
As a board-certified family law specialist, Tom has routinely proven that his knowledge and experience regarding domestic issues in California is unmatched. After 35 years of practice, Tom is well versed in the legal complications California places on both legal separation and separation agreements. He has represented thousands of families, and has a known reputation for protecting the interests of his clients. Contact our San Diego office at (858) 458-9500 today for a free consultation.
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