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Anaheim Legal Separation Lawyer

Alternative Approaches to Ending a Marriage

There are a variety of reasons that spouses may prefer a legal separation over a divorce. For some, their religion may look down upon or forbid divorce. Others want to maintain health insurance eligibility, which ends at divorce. Still others want to stay officially married so that the non-working spouse can gain Social Security benefits based on the other spouse's employment, which requires a marriage to last at least 10 years.

If you are contemplating a legal separation, our experienced Anaheim legal separation attorney can help. We can guide you through the process and make sure you are treated fairly. We approach each family law matter with sensitivity and respect.

When you have questions about seeking a legal separation or annulment in California, attorney Richard Fleming is ready to answer them. For a free initial consultation, call us at 714-855-1043, toll free at 866-698-3123 or contact us online.

Legal Separation in California

Many people have the mistaken belief that they should file for legal separation if they are not sure that they want to get a divorce. In fact, a legal separation lawsuit is more like a divorce than a trial separation.

When you ask the court for a legal separation, you or the family court judge will need to make decisions about all of the issues that would be decided in a divorce proceeding. These include:

At the end of this process, you are not divorced. You cannot marry someone else, because you are still married to each other. You can, however, complete the paperwork to finalize the divorce at any time and for any reason.

Orange County Marriage Annulment Attorney

An annulment is when a court decides that you marriage is not valid and cannot be legally recognized in California. A marriage can be declared invalid if:

  • One spouse is still married to someone else.
  • A spouse was too young to marry.
  • The marriage was entered into by force or fraud.

At Fleming Family Law, we can help you determine whether you qualify for an annulment, and if you do, we will represent you throughout the case.

How Can We Help You?

To schedule a free initial consultation with an experienced family lawyer or for more information about legal separation or annulment, call us at 714-855-1043, toll free at 866-698-3123 or contact us online.