Couples who do not meet residency requirements for divorce or have personal objections to divorce may file for a legal separation. In most cases, this means reaching an agreement on the same issues you would be facing during the divorce process, including property division, child custody and visitation, and support payments.
Since California is a community property state, it can be beneficial to establish a legal date of separation; any property obtained after the separation would be considered individual property if you later pursue a divorce. Additionally, a separation agreement can be the basis for your final divorce agreement.
Your relationship with your spouse is unique; not every couple who has elected to live separately is prepared for divorce. Whether you are considering divorce or legal separation, I am here to help. I will take the time to understand what your expectations are for support, property, and matters relating to your child(ren). Contact FLAG PC if you are considering divorce or legal separation in Contra Costa or Alameda Counties, and let me help you through the process.