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San Mateo County Legal Separation Attorney

Divorce is not the only way to end a marriage in the state of California. A legal separation may be a viable alternative to some spouses, as it provides some benefits that divorce may not. Much like a divorce, legal separations also require lengthy court proceedings, and must be approved by a judge.

The Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. can guide you through this process and advise you on your options regarding legal separation. We can inform you on the advantages and disadvantages of both divorce or legal separation, determine what is right for you, and work diligently by your side to ensure whatever decision you make is for your optimal benefit.

The Benefits of a Legal Separation in San Mateo County

Generally, there is little difference between a legal separation and a divorce – both signal the need to conclude a legally upheld partnership. However, some married couples may opt for a legal separation over a traditional divorce for a few reasons:

  • They do not meet the residency requirements for divorce. In order to file for a divorce in California, you must have lived in the state for the past six months, and in your residing county for the past three months. No such restrictions exist for legal separations.
  • They would like to retain some of the benefits that come with marriage. Unlike a dissolution, married couples who separate legally may still retain their spouses on a joint health insurance plan, or keep any relevant tax benefits.
  • They are part of a religion that disapproves of divorce. Legal separation is a loophole of sorts for married couples whose religion prevents them from officially filing for dissolution of their marriage.
  • There is a potential to reconcile the marriage. Some couples undergo a legal separation as a preliminary action if they’re unsure of officially filing for divorce. If a couple decides to stay together, they do not have to get remarried, as they are still technically married in the eyes of the law.

Ultimately, the process for filing for divorce or a legal separation are generally the same, with much of the same legal proceedings involving child custody, child support, spousal support, and property division. This process can be as complicated as the traditional divorce process, so it is essential to hire an experienced family law attorney to offer guidance and insight into your best options.

Diligently Representing Legal Separation Cases in San Mateo County

The Schoenberg Family Law Group, P.C. has served clients for more than 30 years, assisting clients in Foster City, Menlo Park, Burlingame, Daly City, South San Francisco, San Bruno, and San Carlos.

As legal professionals specializing in all matters of divorce and family law, we can help you successfully navigate the legal separation process. We ensure you understand all the advantages (and disadvantages) that come out of legal separation, and handle your paperwork and all other proceedings with comprehensive diligence. We firmly handle all of the specifics of a legal separation, including child custody, child support, property division, and any spousal support issues that may arise.

Additionally, if you have already filed a legal separation and decide to dissolve your marriage in the near future, we can advise you on what is necessary in order to do so.

Please contact us online or call 415.834.1120 for your initial consultation, and if you are unsure which path to take to effectively end your marriage.