Why Consider a Legal Separation Instead of a Divorce
In many cases, a couple will choose to “separate” before deciding to divorce. A separation can give each individual time to see how they feel outside of the relationship or for the couple to seek counseling before making a decision on whether to divorce.
This type of separation is not a “legal separation,” which must be issued by a court order. In many ways, asking for a legal separation is similar to asking for a divorce. You will have to receive a court judgment and deal with all the same issues of property division, alimony, child support, and custody as you would in a divorce.
So, why get a legal separation instead of a divorce, especially since you cannot legally get re-married if you are legally separated and not officially divorced? Some couples choose a legal separation, because their religious faith does not allow them to get divorced. Others choose a legal separation so that one partner can stay on the health insurance plan of the other.
Even if you plan on legally separating from your spouse, you can still benefit from the guidance of a divorce attorney, especially when it comes to things like child support and custody. If you live in Temecula, call the attorneys of Albrecht & Albrecht.