In some cases, a legal separation may suit the parties’ religious, practical, or emotional needs better than a divorce. In California, a legal separation does not end a couple’s marital status, however, a legal separation allows a couple who wants to live separate and apart decide on financial, parenting, and other issues.

Why do couples choose separation?

Though separation and divorce are similar, couples choose legal separation for some of the following reasons:

  • To allow the couple more time to decide if they wish to end their marriage. If a couple decides to reconcile after a divorce, they will likely have spent unnecessarily on court and attorney fees;
  • To preserve tax, insurance, military or other benefits;
  • To provide independent lives to couples who are religiously opposed to divorce
  • To decide on financial, parenting, and other issues before the couple meets the 6-month California and county residency requirement.

California is one of many states that offer couples the option to file for a legal separation instead of a divorce when they no longer wish to continue their legal union. A legal separation is sometimes preferred for practical, religious or moral reasons.

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