Unlike a divorce, a legal separation does not end a marriage or domestic partnership. In a legal separation neither party can marry nor enter into a partnership with someone else.

Some reasons that a couple  may decide on a separation include not wanting divorce, but a desire to live apart and get orders from the court concerning money, property, or parenting matters, not wanting a divorce for religious reasons, not wanting a divorce due to other personal beliefs, not yet meeting the legal requirements of residency for divorce in California, or various financial considerations.

Like with a divorce, when you get a legal separation, you can ask the judge to make orders about child custody and visitation, child support, spousal/partner support, division of property, and determination of responsibility of debts.

At Law Office James Chau, we are here to help you navigate the process of legal separation.  To discuss your situation, please set up a consultation.  Legal separation in San Jose law, Santa Clara legal separation law, legal separation in Sunnyvale.