There are three options to end a California marriage: divorce, legal separation, and annulment. Divorce is the most common options used by couples to end their marriage but there is a residency requirement. If a couple doesn't meet the residency requirement for divorce, but want to start the process, they can file a legal separation. Afterwards, once they meet the residency requirement, they can amend the legal separation to a divorce. In an annulment, the court declares the marriage illegal or invalid. A couple must have a legally valid basis for an annulment.
What is a legal separation in California? First and foremost, in California, filing for legal separation is not the same as filing for divorce or terminating a marriage. In other words, filing for legal separation serves as an alternative to filing for divorce. For example, couples may want to file a legal separation when a [...]
Some couples choose to file for legal separation vs divorce. Doing so allows them to work out differences while living apart without ending their marriage. In contrast, some couples prefer to legally separate for religious reasons. Given these points, below is an overview of the key differences between filing for legal separation vs divorce. Read [...]
Filing for legal separation in California is similar to the divorce process. The main difference between filing for legal separation and divorce is that the parties will not end their marital status upon dividing their community assets and debts. Read on to learn more about the legal separation process in California. Definition of Legal Separation [...]
Often people are confused about the differences between a legal separation as compared to a divorce and, what the advantages and disadvantages of both are. So why file for legal separation in California? This article reviews several different reasons why couples choose to file for a legal separation and not a divorce.