Due to the associated costs, stress, legal implications and time investments required for both divorce and legal separation, couples that question their conviction for separation may choose to undergo a "trial separation".
A trial separation is an informal period of time where a couple usually will arrange to live apart from one another. At the end of the trial separation the couple is then free to decide if they would like to stay together, or continue onto either a divorce or legal separation.
In a legal separation, division of property is completely in the hands of the courts. In fact, the court has the power to decide all marital issues except for the status of the marriage itself. These include but are not limited to:
- Division of property
- Deciding which parent the children will live with, and how much time each will spend with them
- Deciding the amount of support to be paid
- Distribution of debts
When one spouse files for legal separation, it is permitted (and actually the norm) for the other spouse to file for dissolution of marriage (or in other words, divorce).
Whether you would like to explore the legal options available to you or have made up your mind on how to proceed, the law offices of Larry Bellomo are here to help. Call (949-380-3030) or e-mail us
today to schedule your free, no obligation consultation and find out what we can do for you.