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The date of Separation is the point when either or both of the parties decide the marriage is unsalvageable and they have intent to end it. This most commonly occurs when something is said or an action is taken that states it is final or irreconcilable. At the time of Separation for married...

Legal separation is an alternative to divorce for couples not wanting an official ending of the marriage for any multitude of reasons. Legal separation has the same grounds for divorce (irreconcilable differences or insanity). The separation is actually a legal agreement outlining the...

Many people believe that in order to obtain a divorce in California, they must be “legally separated" first.  This is not true.  Legal Separation and Divorce do not necessarily go hand in hand, although the process for obtaining each one is nearly identical.  You do not need to obtain a...

Legal separation is very similar to a divorce with one very important distinction - that the parties remain legally married.  You must file the same documents that you would for a divorce, pay the same fees to the court, and have your spouse properly served with a Summons and a Petition, as well...

Here is a video on Legal Separation. Find out why it is used and when it is sometimes appropriate.