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Los Angeles Legal Separation Lawyer

Contact a Los Angeles Family Law Attorney

Legal separation is an alternative to getting a divorce, or the first step toward a divorce. The grounds for getting a legally valid separation in Los Angeles are the same as for a divorce: irreconcilable differences or incurable insanity. This is a solid option to consider when you want to end your marriage, whether there are religious or other objections to a divorce, or you are waiting to fulfill the residency requirement for a California divorce.

Want to learn more? Contact Castellanos & Associates, APLC today to schedule your free consultation with a Los Angeles legal separation lawyer. Our lead attorney Edwin J. Castellanos has exclusively handled family law cases for more than 17 years, and we can deliver the affordable, standout service that you deserve.

Want an alternative to divorce?

When people choose a divorce or marital dissolution, they want to end the marriage and have their status restored as a single person. When you go through a legal separation, however, this does not terminate your marriage. While you or a court will have to sort through financial responsibilities and custody issues, your marriage and legal status as spouses will not change.

When you and your spouse agree to a legal separation, you have the ability to determine all issues in the same manner as you would during a marital dissolution (divorce) proceeding. What that essentially means is you can have the court make orders regarding property, child custody, and support just as you would during a traditional divorce.

Waiting to get a divorce?

In California, there is a 6-month residency requirement before you can file for a divorce, plus a 6-month waiting period. You might be able to shorten this period by first filing for a legal separation, which has no residency requirement. After you have resided in California long enough, you could then change your separation petition to one for divorce. By that time, you can have already sorted through all property and custody details, simplifying the divorce process from there on out.

Call a Los Angeles Legal Separation Lawyer

From temporary separation orders to a legal separation that fully preserves your rights and wishes, our firm can provide the compassionate, honest service you need. Here, you can find a seasoned legal team that delivers reasonably priced family law services. This includes knowledgeable service from Edwin Castellanos, a Spanish-speaking attorney who could discuss options with you for free.

Schedule your free case evaluation with our Los Angeles family law firm!