For some couples, filing for legal separation instead of divorce is the preferred option. Unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not end the marriage. It does, however, allow a husband and wife to legally separate and settle certain matters, such as child custody, child support, spousal support, child visitation, and division of property issues, as if they were getting a divorce. The Law Office of Bowman and Associates, APC., will work with you to make decisions that will allow you to feel satisfied with the terms of your separation agreement.
There are many reasons why spouses want to legally separate but not get divorced—religion being one of them. Maintaining medical insurance eligibility and staying within a specific tax bracket are other reasons. A couple may also want to try a “temporary” separation while they are considering ending their marriage permanently.
Rather than a mere verbal agreement between the married couple, a legal separation helps to ensure that your finances and liabilities remain separate in the eyes of the law. A husband and wife that are legally separated cannot marry other people because they are still married to each other. A legal separation can always be converted into a divorce later on. It can also be reversed at any time.
If you are thinking about legal separation as an option and would like to schedule your free initial consultation, contact an experienced Sacramento Legal Separation Lawyer at The Law Offices of Bowman and Associates, APC, home of skilled family law attorneys.