Due to many factors, the process of getting a
divorce is slow and time consuming and may take years to finalize. This may not
sit well for those who want to get remarried or simply want to move on
with their lives and return to their status as a single person.
Fortunately, one option that separated parties can take to speed up the
process of dissolving their marital status is through a process called
“bifurcation,” which means to separate the legal issues in
a case. This is also referred to as a “status only” bifurcation request.
Bifurcation is a useful tool for someone that wants to end their status
as a married person as quickly as possible. In a nutshell, in order to
get a “status only” bifurcation, a moving party would have
to tell the Court that reconciliation is not possible and it is in the
parties’ best interests to dissolve the marriage without delay.
The other matters in a case will still have to be litigated or settled
upon at a later time.
For policy reasons, the Court will usually approve requests for bifurcation,
as this will help make clear what is separate and community property,
alleviates emotional strain on parties and promotes settlement on other
issues. However, there are forms that you must file with the Court to
ensure your bifurcation is granted.
If you would like assistance in filing for Bifurcation,
contact a Los Angeles Family Law Attorney at Castellanos & Associates, APLC
at (323) 655-2105. Our
consultations are free and confidential. We will fight to protect your legal rights.