Attorney for Legal Separation in Pasadena
Know Your Options. Work with a Certified Family Law Specialist.
In California, the courts understand that marriages are complicated and
that each relationship has unique ups and downs that necessitate different
legal agreements. For this reason, couples who need to spend some time
apart, but are not yet ready for the finality of divorce can file for
a legal separation. Through this agreement, each individual's needs
and interests—as well as those of any children involved—are
accounted for and protected, but the couple remains legally married.
At Goldberg & Gille, our Pasadena
divorce lawyer has the experience and compassion you need to feel confident that your
case is in good hands. Attorney Christine Gille is board certified in
family law, which means that her expertise is proven and recognized by her peers.
Our team has made it our mission to help families reach legal resolutions
that meet their unique needs.
Why Separate and Not Divorce?
A legal separation involves most of the same decision-making processes
as a divorce. However, the legal marriage is not dissolved and couples
remain technically married. This is a preferred option for couples who
are uncertain about whether or not a permanent divorce is necessary, or
have certain needs and interests that require the marriage to continue.
Reasons a couple may decide on a legal separation include:
- To take time to work out problems or decide to divorce
- To retain medical benefits
- To ensure social security benefits
- To adhere to religious beliefs
With a legal separation, you and your spouse are not permanently bound
to the agreement. This can have benefits that are both personal and financial.
A separation agreement can help give you the space that you need to work
through marital issues, while protecting you from financial or legal disputes
that can create additional strain on your relationship.
Is a Separation Agreement Necessary?
For some couples, it can be confusing to understand why a legal separation
is necessary if they aren't planning on permanently separating.
We can help you understand the importance of protecting your interests
through a separation agreement, especially if you have children. If you
need assistance to maintain the quality of life for yourself or your children
that you enjoyed while living with your spouse, a legal separation can
enforce child and
Furthermore, a separation agreement allows you to enforce
visitation arrangements and can mitigate tension caused by disputes. If you and your
spouse own a home and other valuable property together and have conflicting
interests regarding its use during your separation, an agreement can allow
you to find an agreeable resolution for temporarily dividing them. Additionally,
it can define responsibility for certain bills and financial obligations.
Compassionate Legal Counsel: Call 626-340-0955
At Goldberg & Gille, our family law attorneys in Pasadena are committed
to helping families like you reach resolutions that accommodate their
best interests. We know that every relationship is unique and want to
help you understand your options for handling your marital disputes. The
finality of a divorce can be intimidating, especially if you have certain
financial obligations that you can't meet on your own. Through a legal
separation, you can protect your finances without dissolving your marriage
while you and your spouse work to resolve your differences.