Legal separation is a process where a married couple decides to live apart but remain legally married. This is different from divorce, which is a legal process that ends a marriage. In California, a legal separation is an option for couples who do not want to divorce but still want to address issues related to child custody, support, and property division.
If you are considering a legal separation, it is important to seek the advice of an experienced family law attorney. At the Law Office of Chow & Losinski, we have helped many couples navigate this process and reach agreements that are fair and equitable.
Some of the benefits of legal separation include:
- Tax Benefits: Couples who are legally separated can still file joint tax returns, which may result in a lower tax bill.
- Health Insurance: If one spouse has health insurance coverage that extends to their family, a legal separation may allow the other spouse to continue to receive coverage.
- Time to Reconcile: Legal separation can provide couples with time to work on their relationship and decide whether they want to reconcile or pursue a divorce.
However, legal separation also has its challenges. For example, it can be more difficult to divide property and assets than in a divorce, and couples may still be responsible for each other’s debts.
At the Law Office of Chow & Losinski, we can help you understand the pros and cons of legal separation and guide you through the process. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced family law attorneys.