A legal separation can be a “timeout” from marriage, a stepping stone to divorce or an alternative to divorce. Whatever your reasons, a formal legal separation is a complex and serious matter. You need the counsel and representation of an experienced lawyer who can explain the pitfalls and make sure your interests are protected.
The Law Offices of Teresa Beyers represents either spouse in filing for a legal separation. Many of the same issues that apply in divorce must be addressed in separation — children, property, debts, financial support. The only difference is that once the dust clears and the order is entered, you are still legally married.
Deciding If Legal Separation Makes Sense For You
Los Angeles attorney Teresa Beyers handles legal separations as well contested and uncontested divorces in the San Fernando Valley and Greater L.A. She can walk you through all the considerations so that you can arrange to live apart with clarity regarding finances, property and co-parenting.
Although one party files the petition, both parties must agree to the separation. There are many reasons to pursue legal separation instead of a divorce:
- Reconciliation — You may need time apart to determine whether you want to try to salvage the marriage. Once a divorce action is filed, it is hard to undo.
- Religion or culture — Some couples choose to live separately, but stay legally married due to religious doctrine, cultural taboo or family pressure.
- Residency requirement — If you have not lived in California long enough to file for divorce, you can separate and later convert it to divorce.
- Practical matters — The timing may be wrong for divorce because of kids, jobs or other considerations. Legal separation may also allow one spouse to remain on the other’s health insurance.
Teresa Beyers can address important issues in legal separation, from child custody arrangements and interim child support to property division and spousal support. Whether you are entering legal separation as a holding pattern or as a prelude to divorce, she offers aggressive and strategic representation to protect you and position you for a favorable outcome.
Contact The Law Offices Of Teresa Beyers
Legal separation can be just as complicated and traumatic as divorce, for you and your children. We will help you make informed decisions and advocate for you in or out of court as you undertake this transition.
Los Angeles legal separation lawyer Teresa Beyers offers a free initial phone consultation and can meet clients after hours and on weekends by appointment. Call 213-785-7873 or 888-370-9477 (toll free), or contact us online.
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