Divorce Legal Separation

Under California law, legal separation can be a valuable tool to change your marital or domestic partnership status without seeking a divorce. While divorce, domestic partnership dissolution and annulment end or invalidate your status as a married person, a judgment of legal separation does not do so.

Legal separation is often utilized as a step toward permanently ending a relationship, as many people find it an emotionally less-daunting request than a divorce. It can also be used as a means of maintaining certain beneficial aspects of marriage or partnership while allowing parties to live separately. Reasons for seeking legal separation include:

  • Legal protections for those who do not want to get divorced for religious, financial or family reasons, but who do not want to live with their spouse
  • The ability to take advantage of health insurance benefits that married couples and domestic partners enjoy
  • Separation of community assets and debts

Get Help from an Experienced Lawyer

The details of a legal separation can be different in every case, and a separation agreement delineates each respective party's rights and obligations. At Creative Family Solutions, Cecil Cianci Law, PC, our attorneys are experienced in drafting separation agreements that enable our clients to achieve their specific short-term and long-term goals.

We can help you determine whether legal separation is in your best interests, and we can represent you in all matters involving child custody and visitation, child support, spousal support, marital property division and other important issues.

Contact Our Attorneys

The attorneys at Creative Family Solutions, Cecil Cianci Law, PC concentrate the majority of their practice on divorce, dissolution, separation and other important aspects of family law. Contact us online or call 916-756-4012 today to schedule a reduced-fee legal consultation.