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Have You Considered a Legal Separation Instead of a San Diego Divorce

On Behalf of | Dec 23, 2021 | Divorce

Are you facing the end of a marriage and are searching for information to help you in the process?  Have you considered a legal separation instead of a San Diego divorce?  In most cases, especially when both parties are in agreement to move forward, the decision to divorce is obvious.  However, there are times when the parties should consider a legal separation.

A legal separation accomplishes most of the issues contained within a divorce degree with one important exception: at the end of the process the parties are still legally married.  “Why in the world would we want that?” you might say.

The reasons many couples have considered a legal separation instead of a San Diego divorce are often associated with the health of the parties, religious beliefs, the protection of the best interests of the children or the hope of reconciliation.

A legal separation moves the process of bringing the marriage to an end forward.  A legal separation results in an enforceable legal document which covers the same issues you would have to resolve to complete a divorce, including:

  • Child custody and parenting time
  • Property and retirement division
  • Valuation and division of a closely-held business or professional practice
  • Issues of child support and/or spousal support

The two primary reasons many former clients have considered a legal separation instead of a San Diego divorce is the hope of reconciliation and the need to preserve existing health insurance during a medical challenge.  Ultimately, when the parties are ready to end the marriage the legal separation is easily and quickly converted to a divorce.

Each case is different and the Certified Family Law Specialists at Burke & Domercq provide proven advice and counsel based on decades of experience to help you select the best strategy for your unique situation. Learn more about what is best to protect your own interests and contact us or call 760-389-3927 to schedule an appointment for a remote or socially distanced consultation with one of our experienced Certified Family Law Specialists.