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Deciding between Divorce and Legal Separation

By Law Office of Fritzie Galliani, A.P.C.  Sep. 3, 2013 9:47a

The processes for filing for divorce and legal separation have many similarities which can leave people wondering which should be pursued. Either route is a very personal decision which can be full of emotional stress for both parties involved. This is especially true when there are children in the relationship and their well being must be thoroughly considered. It is important that you speak with a knowledgeable divorce attorney as soon as possible to make sure you are making the best legal decision for your personal circumstances. The similarities between a divorce and legal separation include court ordered agreements concerning child custody, visitation, division of property, division of debts, child support, alimony and the like. The differences between the two involve the time it takes to finalize each legal process and, of course, the fact that a divorce means a final end to the marriage.

Why choose a legal separation instead of divorce?

There are several main reasons why a married couple may choose to remain legally married but separated. These reasons include financial benefits, insurance issues, timing and the fact that some time apart may make it possible to repair and then strengthen the marriage. In general, a divorce takes much longer than a legal separation, even if it is uncontested. You and your spouse could be legally separated in a much shorter period of time. Some couples may wish to be immediately legally separated for tax purposes (each can file as "head of household") while still maintaining such things as shared medical insurance. Other financially related concerns for delaying a divorce can include the need to remain legally married for a period of time to satisfy requirements for Social Security benefits, military pensions and other such benefits.

Pasadena Divorce Lawyer for Legal Separation Cases

If you and your spouse wish to leave the door open for reconciliation or have other shared concerns which make legal separation desirable then speak with a divorce attorney on our excellent team at the Law Office of Fritzie Galliani, A.P.C. We have helped clients in Pasadena through even the most complicated of divorce and legal separation cases. We are passionate about helping clients by providing personalized, one-on-one representation and making sure that each individual client's goals are fully understood. Contact our firm now to arrange a time to meet with a skilled family law attorney to discuss your legal needs in a free consultation.

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